This Is What They Want
About the Film
About the Director
When Jimmy Connors arrived at the 1991 U.S. Open, the one-time tennis superstar was eight years removed from his last Grand Slam title, ranked 174th in the world, and approaching his 39th birthday. But on the verge of a first-round exit, Connors unexpectedly re-captured his magic, embarking on an extraordinary run than included an epic contest with Aaron Krickstein. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT not only illuminates this improbable march past a series of talented and youthful adversaries, but also explores how Connors became a provocative personality who helped make tennis a high-octane spectator sport.
Filmmakers Brian Koppelman and David Levien have been writing, directing and producing movies since 1997. Among their films are ROUNDERS, SOLITARY MAN, OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, THE ILLUSIONIST, RUNAWAY JURY, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and KNOCKAROUND GUYS. This October, RUNNER RUNNER, a film they wrote and produced, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake will open nationwide and THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT, the documentary the pair directed, about Jimmy Connors’ historic run at the 1991 US Open, will air as part of ESPNs celebrated 30 for 30 series. Levien, who’s also a novelist, is about to publish the fourth book in his Frank Behr private investigator series. Koppelman, a regular Grantland contributor, has also written for Sports Illustrated and Lucky Peach this past year.