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Matthew McConaughey to Find Super Athlete Tribe in 'Born to Run'

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January 28, 2015
Source: Deadline

Born to Run / Matthew McConaughey

After taking home an Academy Award for the lead role in Dallas Buyers Club, and getting all sorts of acclaim for "True Detective," you can say that the McConaissance is going strong.  Matthew McConaughey will next be seen in Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, which could land him another Oscar nod when the time comes, and there may be yet another awards contender in the future for McConaughey as well. Deadline reports the laid back actor is attached to star in Born to Run, an adaptation of Christopher McDougall's book of the same name which was once reported to be adapted by Peter Sarsgaard. Read on!

The book follows the author as he finds a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners learns their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is just wrong. Here's the official synopsis:

Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.

Now it's World War Z scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan writing the adaptation which is being produced by Lorenzo DiBonaventura and his own production banner along with Outlaw Productions and LD Entertainment, though there's no director yet. This is bound to be a big movie since the book was on The New York Times bestseller list for 178 weeks and reportedly is still selling 10,000 copies a month. Even if you haven't read the book, you've certainly seen its impact because it started the trend of barefoot running shoes. So get ready to see McConaughey run fast, long and hard all night, all night, all night.

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