ATLANTA -- "It's true!" It's the text Brian Banks sent 11Alive to confirm a movie about his life has been signed with Gidden Media. The full length feature film will be based on Bank's imprisonment and exoneration.
Banks was a high school star linebacker in Long Beach, California. He had allegedly verbally committed to USC. Those dreams ended with an accusation from classmate Wanetta Gibson.
In a sit-down interview with 11Alive's Jaye Watson in April 2013, Banks said, "We engaged in small talk which led to us going to an area on campus which was known as a make out spot. We made out but we never had sex. By the end of that day I was being arrested and charged with kidnapping and rape."
After five years in prison, Banks spent another five years as a registered sex offender with a mandated GPS tracking device. Then, with the help of a private investigator, he cleared his name. Gibson was caught o tape admitting she lied. A year later, he cleared his name in court.
He pushed hard to regain his chance in the NFL. He signed with the Falcons and played four pre-season games before he was cut.
The movie about his life will be produced by Amy Bauer. She also produced "Last Vegas" a story about three friends in their 60's throwing a bachelor party in Las Vegas. The 2013 movie starred Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman.
Banks made the announcement on his Facebook page: "I have a movie deal!! Producer Amy Baer (Gidden Media) has the reins. My life, a feature film. Amen."