Channing Tatum will star in a new biopic about the celebrated daredevil Evel Knievel. As with most of his movies, the actor/filmmaker will also produce the as-yet-untitled project.
Born Robert Craig Knievel, the legendary stuntman, best known for his spectacular motorcycle jumps, found major success on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the 1970s, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for surviving the “most bones broken in a lifetime.” He died in 2007 at the age of 69, but his sons Robbie and Kelly have carried on his legacy.
This movie will reportedly concentrate on the early years of Knievel’s life, exploring how it all began. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) is in talks to direct.
Last year, Channing Tatum, who is a huge fan of Knievel, talked to USA Today about the project, noting the questions he wants to answer with this film: “Who was this man who became one of the most famous men in the world?” he asked. “The story we’re focusing on was how he got to that first jump. The early stuff. That’s most of the interesting part. [Knievel] was on the cutting edge of that kind of spectacle, where you could be watching someone die on television. How did he go about putting his entire family on the line for this success?”
This is not the first time Knievel’s story has been brought to the big screen. George Hamilton portrayed the daredevil in the 1971 biopic simply titled Evel Knievel, which chronicled his background and life up to that point. Over the years, a number of TV movies and documentaries have also been made about him.