Butler’s life story to be told in movie

Published 8:58 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Malcolm Butler’s life story, from his days in Vicksburg to his shining moment in Super Bowl XLIX and rise to NFL stardom with the New England Patriots, is headed to the big screen.

Daniel Levin, whose Narrative Capital produced the Academy Award-nominated “Lion,” has acquired Butler’s life story rights for a biopic titled “The Secondary,” The Hollywood Reporter magazine reported.

The film will reportedly follow the journey of Butler and his agent, Derek Simpson.

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Butler, a Vicksburg native, was working in the Popeye’s on Pemberton Boulevard in 2014 after finishing his college football career at West Alabama. Simpson, an Alabama lawyer, helped arrange a tryout with the Patriots while also handing a high-profile court case.

Butler made the Patriots’ roster as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and sealed their Super Bowl win over Seattle that season with a goal line interception. He made the Pro Bowl in 2016, and helped New England win another Super Bowl this season.

Further information about the film — including its distributor, release date, and cast — are still to be worked out.