In 2002, Brian Banks was an All-American high school football player bound for USC when he was falsely accused of rape. Instead of a promising career in the NFL, Banks served five years in prison and five years probation before his conviction was overturned in 2012 with help from the California Innocence Project.
Banks came to Atlanta in 2013 to play in the NFL pre-season with the Falcons. The linebacker was released from the team, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was so impressed after hearing Banks speak at a 2014 Rookie Symposium that he offered him a job with the NFL’s department of operations.
That same year, Banks announced that his story would be coming to the big screen. Lee Daniels was set to direct. But it was another dream deferred until now.