Evel Knievel biopic

Evel Knievel was the prototype stuntman for the current age, a media-savvy showman who rode a devil-may-care attitude (and a willingness to endure pain) to fame and fortune. His rise and fall story is unique in its specifics, and woefully pedestrian in its arc of human foibles.

Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.

Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »


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This year, Channing Tatum has certainly made the jump from charming leading man to A-list superstar and now he’s about to make an even bigger jump. On a motorcycle. Over a bunch of cars. He’s going to produce and star in a film about Evel Knievel, the legendary daredevil, being developed with the help of producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who did The Social Network and are also working on 50 Shades of Grey. Reid Carolin is writing the screenplay based on the 2008 book Life of Evel by Stuart Barker. Read More »