Warner Bros. is in talks to finance The Human Factor, with Clint Eastwood eyeing it as a directing vehicle, and Matt Damon in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks.
Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in the project, an adaptation of the John Carlin book “The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World.”
Freeman and Revelations partner Lori McCreary are producing with Mace Neufeld, and South African screenwriter Anthony Peckham (Don’t Say a Word) wrote the script.
The story is set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president. Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid.