Alex Pettyfer Lined Up for Biopic on Racecar Driver James Hunt
He's already starring in the DreamWorks adaptation of the young adult sci-fi novel I Am Number Four (which could be the start of a new franchise for the studio), but the film's lead star Alex Pettyfer is just getting started at the studio. Deadline reports Pettyfer has just gotten his license to drive as the studio has set the young actor to star in a biopic of Formula One race car driver James Hunt. Using Tom Rubython's biography Shunt: The Story of James Hunt, the story will follow the life of the driver who climbed the racing ladder from Formula Three racing all the way up to winning the Formula One World Championships in 1976.
Apparently his success (fueled by a passionate, aggressive driving style which earned him the nickname "Hunt the Shunt") created a whirlwind of interest in the sport from Britain during his winning run, so this sounds like it has the potential to be one of the annual inspirational sports movies that takes audiences by storm. However, the project is just starting its engine with the hunt for a high-end, big name writer to adapt the book. Pettyfer is also stepping up as producer, a trend amongst young Hollywood talent including Zac Efron (who has a production company deal at Warner Bros.) and Taylor Lautner. We'll see how much traction Pettyfer gets when I Am Number Four hits theaters in February. Interested?
it's subject matter ripe for a biopic with action scenes - exciting racing before the advent of many of today's safety rules, an aggressive, exhilarating driver who got the whole country behind him, plus he was a real playboy and lad about town off the track (he drank a lot, did drugs and wore a 'Sex - Breakfast of Champions' t-shirt beneath his overalls), so that alone must be making producers interested.
lumière on Dec 21, 2010
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