The true story of the Nike's legendary Air Jordan shoe
In the 1980s, a small shoe company called Nike pursued a collaboration with Michael Jordan before he had even set foot in the NBA. The result was the iconic Air Jordan trainers. Air: Courting a Legend is the true story of how this household item came to be, and the talented people that made it happen.
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Currently you are able to watch "Air" streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Viola Davis lead all-star cast
AIR: Courting a Legend is an American sports-drama produced by Amazon Studios. Based on the true story of how Nike and Michael Jordan began their collaboration, the film is directed by Ben Affleck (Argo) and written by Alex Convery.
Affleck stars in the film alongside his long-time filmmaking partner Matt Damon. The duo first collaborated in 1997 on the film Good Will Hunting. Affleck plays Nike founder Phil Knight, and Damon portrays the visionary sports marketing exec Sonny Vaccaro. AIR also stars Viola Davis as Michael Jordan's mother Deloris. The main cast is rounded out by heavy hitters Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, and Chris Tucker.
While Michael Jordan himself does not appear as a character in the film, he has an overarching presence throughout. AIR marks the first film produced by a streaming company to have a theatrical release with a screening window comparable to, or longer than that of big film studios.
production: timeline, news & updates
13 December 2021
The film, originally called Air Jordan, lands at #13 on the legendary Black List 2021 of great scripts that have not been produced yet. (Source: Deadline)
19 April 2022
Ben Affleck is confirmed as director of AIR: Courting a Legend, and star of the film alongside friend and long-time collaborator Matt Damon. (Source: Deadline)
10 June 2022
Viola Davis, Jason Bateman, Chris Tucker and Marlon Wayans join the cast. (Source: Variety)
23 January 2023
Amazon Studios confirms that AIR will have a full theatrical release comparable to, or longer than the screening windows typical from big production studios. It will also partner with Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon-owned MGM for an international release day. The worldwide release date is set for April 5, 2023. (Source: Deadline)
9 February 2023
The first trailer for AIR: Courting a Legend is released, showing the visionaries behind the shoe collaboration at work. (Source: YouTube)
13 February 2023
The superbowl spot airs, showing Sonny Vaccaro and Phil Knight working hard to court Michael Jordan for the campaign. (Source: YouTube)