Film producer Will Packer is joining forces with Universal Pictures to create One and Done, an original sports drama that will follow one of the nation’s top high school standouts who chooses to attend an HBCU (Historically Black College, University).
“This is a timely story about a young man’s journey of discovery at an HBCU and his fight against the NCAA system,” said Packer.
The original feature was created by writer Chad Sanders and Chris Spencer. Packer and James Lopez will serve as producers for the film through Will Packer Productions. On behalf of Universal, Matt Reilly and Tony Ducret will oversee the project.
This will be Packer’s second time working with Lopez on a film. The two producers, previously, signed on to produce a biopic about Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Although Packer is searching for a writer for the featured film, the biopic will showcase William’s journey to the top of the National Football League, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“As NFL Players today raise their voices around the fight for justice and equality, none stood taller than Doug Williams, who proved once and for all that the notion of an African American being ill-equipped to play quarterback was nothing more than a fallacy,” said Packer. “Doug’s inspirational story will positively impact fans of all ages for years to come.”
“There are no better individuals than Will Packer and James Lopez to really tell my story. Their unparalleled success in moviemaking ensures that my journey will be told with the upmost authenticity. I am very excited to be working with Will Packer Productions.”
For the upcoming sports drama One And Done, Packer has secured a first-look deal with Universal. Previously, the pair worked on the Ride Along films, and box office hit Girl’s Trip, starring Tiffany Haddish, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Regina Hall. Packer is also credited for working on the film Night school starring Haddish and Kevin Hart, which brought in more than $100 million at the global box officer.