Football player Michael Oher’s life story was given the Hollywood treatment in 2009 and made into a hit movie, The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock. But fast-forward six years to 2015, and Oher decided that it was time to give his own version of events.
The Blind Side was a tremendous success commercially, bringing in over $300 million. It was also a hit with the critics and the powers that be in Tinseltown. Sandra Bullock was the star, and she received a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal of Oher’s adoptive mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy.
It’s not too hard to see why the film did so well. Its central themes of love, redemption and perseverance are hallmarks of all great sporting movies. The film was adapted from the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which followed the life of Michael Oher from homelessness to adoption and then to football stardom. His character arc was undoubtedly the stuff of dreams for LA executives on the lookout for their next feel-good motion picture.