JARS Productions and Massive Film Project, has inked a deal with controversial sports figure Howie Spira, to produce a feature film and a documentary on his life. On the 25th anniversary of the suspension of former NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, Spira, credited with getting “The Boss” thrown out of major league baseball, finally gets to tell his side of the story.
New York, NY, July 31, 2015 –(PR.com)– JARS Productions and Massive Film Project, has inked a deal with controversial sports figure Howie Spira, to produce a feature film and a documentary on his life. On the 25th anniversary of the suspension of former NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, Spira, credited with getting “The Boss” thrown out of major league baseball, finally gets to tell his side of the story.
The feature film is currently titled “Howie.” The documentary is currently titled “The Rise and Fall of Howie Spira- The Man who brought down Steinbrenner.” A book is also in development.
Spira, the former publicist for Dave Winfield and The Winfield Foundation was at the center of a scandal that saw Steinbrenner suspended from Major League Baseball by former commissioner Fay Vincent and Spira himself serving time in prison. Spira’s gambling ties to organized crime, coupled with Steinbrenner’s quest to destroy Dave Winfield made for a near unbelievable story that gripped the headlines and kept the world glued to the sports pages back when the firestorm occurred.
“I am absolutely thrilled that 25 years later I finally have the opportunity to tell my complete story and tell the world exactly how things took place” said Howie Spira. Spira will serve both projects as story consultant and Executive Producer.
The feature film and documentary will be produced by Jars Productions and Massive Film Project. Rob Simmons, Ken Kushner and James Abbott shall serve as producers from scripts penned by Ken Kushner and James Abbott. Ken Kushner will direct both the feature film and the documentary.
“Howie’s story, which will takes an inside look at the headline grabbing story of a young man, in over his head, at war with George Steinbrenner, The New York Yankees, Dave Winfield, and the mob. It’s a gritty New York Sports / Crime story that captured the imagination of the baseball world and many others,” said, Ken Kushner. “I am thrilled to be a part of telling this explosive story, one that is truly one of the darkest chapters of baseball history” said Kushner.
“Howie’s life story is going to make for a set of amazing films. Following his life from gambling, mob ties, FBI investigations and of course the Yankees Steinbrenner-Winfield scandal, his story has the potential to be a “Goodfellas” type of film and that’s our goal.” said Rob Simmons. “The documentary will mirror his life and give the audience an opportunity to learn this story from the source” said Simmons.
“From the moment I met Howie, I was captivated and knew I had to help bring his story to the big screen. It’s just too good a story for everyone not to see,” said James Abbott. We will explore Spira’s story from the inside, with Spira sharing all details of the wild events that made up his life with the audience,” said Abbott.
The film is scheduled for pre-production this Fall. Cameras will be rolling this August on the documentary.