Disney always looks for the next ‘based on true story’ inspiring movies that they can make and now they look to one of the greatest Athletes in history, Jesse Owens.
Variety said Disney is developing a biopic on JESSE OWENS with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Tears Of The Sun) attached to direct.
This project is currently untitled but it will be based on ESPN host Jeremy Schaap’s book, TRIUMPH which will be adapted by Oscar winning scribe David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single-handedly demonstrated that Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremecy was a lie. The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man’s courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tekks the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.
With his incisive reporting and rich storytelling, Schaap reveals what really happened over those tense, exhilarating weeks in a nuanced and riveting work of sports history.