Paramount Pictures is mobilizing a feature film about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel
Martin Scorsese will turn the life of the daredevil Knievel into a feature?
Art & Experience: Paramount Pictures is mobilizing a feature film about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel that will be written by William Monahan. The film will be based on the Sheldon Saltman book Evel Knievel On Tour, which has been acquired as part of the package. What’s fascinating about this project is the hope it will reunite Monahan and director Martin Scorsese, whose alliance on The Departed led to Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Monahan and Best Director for Scorsese.
They will use as a resource a book that is best remembered for so pissing off Knievel in its depiction of his life on the road that he attacked the author with a baseball bat on the Fox lot, broke his arm and got himself in all kinds of legal, money and image trouble. The film will be produced by Terence Winter (the Boardwalk Empire creator who scripted the Scorsese-directed The Wolf Of Wall Street), Rachel Winter (producer of Dallas Buyers Club) and LBI Entertainment.
Monahan has his deal at Paramount, as does Scorsese, and this is in its most nascent stages. Scorsese at this point won’t make a final decision on attaching until further down the line. There have been numerous tries to turn the life of the daredevil Knievel into a feature, but they have been as unsuccessful as Evel’s famed attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in a rocket. The most recent attempt came at Sony where Darren Aronofsky wanted to direct a Knievel film, with Channing Tatum rumored as potential star, but Aronofsky stuck a pin in it and took on an untitled project with Jennifer Lawrence at New Regency. Years ago, the John Logan script Pure Evel had Betty Thomas attached and Matthew McConaughey circling.