Disney to adapt Jesse Owens biopic from Jeremy Schaap's book

Jesse Owens will get a biopic of his own from Disney Pictures, reports Variety.

Variety reported this afternoon that Disney is developing the biopic on the track and field hero. Antoine Fuqua is attached to direct the movie, which has been set up with BermanBraun and Netter Films. Producing the film will be BermanBraun’s Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun and Netter Films’ Gil Netter. Netter has a first-look deal with the Mouse. Executive producing are BermanBraun’s Andrew Mittman and Netter Films’ Arthur Spector.

After the success of 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, this should come as no surprise.

Based on the 2007 book, Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics, by ESPN national correspondent Jeremy Schaap, it is the second of two books to have film rights picked up. Schaap previously wrote Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History, which was adapted into a film starring Russell Crowe as Braddock.

David Seidler has been hired to adapt the screenplay. Seidler previously won an Oscar for The King’s Speech.

Netter also produced The Blind Side and Life of Pi. If done correctly, there will be awards buzz. Fuqua directed Olympus Has Fallen, the first of two White House films this year, and the upcoming acton pic, The Equalizer.

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