'The Book of Manning' tells story of a family, premiers on Sept. 24
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 1:00 AM
ESPN Films' SEC Storied series will launch its third season this fall with The Book of Manning, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.
The film will explore the personal and professional life of former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and how the sudden loss of his father impacted his life and the way he and his wife Olivia, a Philadelphia native, raised their three sons.
Narrated by actor John Goodman, The Book of Manning features revealing interviews with Archie, Olivia, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning along with other family members, friends, former teammates and coaches as well as never-before-seen photos and home movie footage of Archie and his sons.
Through it all, director Rory Karpf explores how a tragedy shaped the course of not only Archie's life, but his family's as well.
"This film offers the kind of personal and poignant look at Archie Manning and his family that hasn't been seen before," said ESPN Films executive producer John Dahl. "Through intimate details and insights to previously unseen material, viewers will gain a powerful understanding of how this has arguably become one of the most influential families ever in any sport."
"I feel honored and a privileged that Archie Manning has entrusted me to tell his story," said The Book of Manning director Rory Karpf. "We expected to make a film about football's most famous family, but instead made a film simply about family. Making The Book of Manning has been one of the most educational and enriching experiences in my career."