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Craig Whyel

Plans are moving forward for Channing Tatum’s long-held intentions on making a bio-pic of daredevil Evel Knievel. The Tracking Board recently broke the news that Peter Berg is on board as director for the pending film. They also report that there is a script for the film.

Berg has a lengthy track record of directing successful films, most notably Lone Survivor and Friday Night Lights. He currently is showrunner and one of the executive producers for Dwayne Johnson’s HBO football comedy, Ballers (which debuts June 21st).

Did not work and play well with others.
Did not work and play well with others.

A hard-living, intense man, Evel Knievel attempted more than seventy-five motorcycle jumps and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most broken bones (reportedly 433).

In addition to his many injuries and the subsequent excruciating pain, he also survived a liver transplant after contracting hepatitis C from a blood transfusion from one of his many surgeries.

Knievel died of pulmonary disease in 2007. He was 69.

A bio pic of the late daredevil is nothing new. George Hamilton starred in the 1971 version while George Eads had the lead in a 2004 TV film. Both were titled, “Evel Knievel.”

No word on when production will begin though it may take a while because Mr. Tatum is extremely busy with current and pending projections into next year.


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