Antonie Fuqua To Helm Jesse Owens Biopic

Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “Olympus Has Fallen”) is attached to direct a currently untitled biopic about American track and field hero Jesse Owens for Disney Pictures, BermanBraun and Netter Films

The story will be based on ESPN host Jeremy Schaap’s new book “Triumph,” with David Seidler (“The King’s Speech”) adapting the script.

Set against the backdrop of Berlin’s 1936 Olympics, it chronicles how the son of an Alabama sharecropper won a record four gold medals.

Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate, but relented when threatened with a boycott.

Gil Netter, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun will produce. Fuqua is currently in post-production on “The Equalizer” due out late next year.

Source: Variety