Jackie Robinson, Evel Knievel Biopics Greenlit

Legendary Pictures has locked a deal to collaborate with the estate of Jackie Robinson and his widow Rachel on a feature biopic about the African-American Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman who broke Major League Baseball’s color line reports Deadline.

Robinson’s ability made him a Hall of Famer in the spot, more importantly his quiet determination allowed him to ignore the taunts and threats of racist fans and fellow ballplayers, opening the door for other black stars who followed him.

Brian Helgeland will write the script and direct the film while Thomas Tull will produce and both Dick Cook and Jon Jashni will serve as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute.

Speaking of legends, Exclusive Media Group is moving forward on a biopic about legendary stuntman Evel Knievel and has hired Ric Roman Waugh (“Felon”) to direct says Risky Biz Blog.

Waugh, a former stuntman turned filmmaker, is in negotiations to adapt and helm the film based on Leigh Montville’s book “The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel” which was published in April.

The story will cover all of Knievel’s major stunts in the 1960s and 1970s while providing a look at the painful private life of the man. Nigel Sinclair and Guy East are producing.