As I posted a while back, Rosemary Sutcliff – eminent writer of children’s literature and historical fiction – and her novel The Eagle of the Ninth have never until now, to my knowledge, been connected with American Football and the Super Bowl. But at Sunday coming’s Super Bowl XLV – the big American football event of the year – a TV advertisement for The Eagle film (out Feb. 11 in USA, 25th March in UK) will be broadcast. The film is based upon Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth story, indeed in several European countries, but not in the UK sadly, the film entitled The Eagle of the Ninth (in French, German or whatever …)
Some film studios are bypassing the game itself and air advertisements during the festivities before the games, when the cost is lower. This is what Focus Features are doing. Those of you football fans who find your way here can find more about the book, film and author all over this site!