Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Bay are in early talks to produce a currently untitled film about the Team Rwanda biking team at Paramount Pictures.
The story focuses on Jonathan Boyer, the first American cyclist to race in the Tour de France in 1981. He finished twelfth in 1983, becoming well known for large quantities of nuts and fruit he ate, along with his intense religious beliefs.
Boyer pleaded guilty in 2000 to ten counts of felony child molestation and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation. He began bicycle racing again after completing his probation and sought redemption by living in Rwanda – where he and his wife run the Team Rwanda cycling team and work with a relief agency.
At present, DiCaprio is not attached to star and Bay is not directing but both will produce through their Appian Way and Bay Films production companies. Orlando von Einsiedel (“Virunga”) is currently linked as helmer.