Tiffany Haddish will play Olympic track and field icon, Florence Griffith Joyner in an upcoming biopic.
Haddish will both star in and produce the biopic along with Game1’s co-CEOs Basil Iwanyk and Greg Economou as co-producers. However, the biopic is only the first step. Game1 and Haddish plan to produce an array of companion content, including a documentary series and a podcast.
Tiffany Haddish has already begun training for the role with Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner. He also serves as producer and creative consultant on the project. The training involves methods that his late wife deployed during her career.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany on such an important project,” said Iwanyk. “Tiffany has established herself as one of the greatest entertainers in the world today – helping her tell the story of her idol Flo-Jo is an amazing honor and privilege.”
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” said Haddish. “My goal with this film is making sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed.”
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Speaking on working with Haddish, Joyner said, “Working with Tiffany has been a great pleasure — she is incredibly dedicated, focused, and committed to portraying the spirit of Florence accurately, whose legacy of making a difference in the world will live on for generations to come. I hope that this film touches all who see it and inspires people to be the change the world so desperately needs right now!”
About Florence Griffith Joyner
Florence Griffith Joyner also known as “Flo-Jo” by her fans is the fastest woman of all time and she helped popularize track and field with her record-breaking Olympic run and flashy personality and style.
During the 1988 Olympic games, Joyner set the world records in the 100m and 200m categories. Both of those records still stand to this day.
In February 1989, she abruptly retired from the track. She retired with three Olympic gold medals and two Olympic silver medals.
However, she remained a pop culture figure through endorsement deals, acting, and designing. She unfortunately passed away in 1998 at the age of 38 due to an epileptic seizure.
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