Disney Making Jesse Owens Biopic with 'Olympus Has Fallen' Director
With 42 earlier this year pulling in surprisingly strong numbers at the box office, and with track and field movies now becoming a thing, Disney has decided to throw those idea together for a Jesse Owens biopic. Owens was, of course, the sprinter and long jumper who won four gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics. The wins were particularly relevant in terms of racial politics because the games were held in a Nazi Berlin; Owens, winning as an African-American, disproved the Nazi's Aryan-dominant philosophy, and really lost Hitler some money in bets on blonde dudes. Hitler would later go on to lose a pretty big war.
The film is reportedly being based on Jeremy Schaap's Triumph, which also claims that, despite Owens' historic wins, he was stubbed by FDR. Olympus Has Fallen's Antoine Fuqua is attached to continue his patriotism bend to direct the film, while Oscar-winning The King's Speech screenwriter David Seidler will bring his dramatization powers the script.