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Disney and Antoine Fuqua to unite for Jesse Owens biopic

Story by Jack Foley

THE story of Jesse Owens, the black track-and-field star who broke down race barriers when he won four medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, is being turned into a movie.

Disney is putting together the biopic with Antoine Fuqua, of Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen, currently attached to direct.

David Seidler, the Oscar-winning writer behind The King’s Speech, is also attached to write the screenplay. He will adapt Triumph, the book by ESPN anchor Jeremy Schaap.

The book chronicles Owens’ rise from a poor childhood in 1920s Cleveland to his emergence as a running and long jump champion.

Owens won four gold medals in Berlin, which was seen as a direct affront to Adolf Hitler’s ideas of Aryan superiority.

Fuqua has been busy of late. Since directing the surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen, he has also completed The Equalizer with Denzel Washington and is currently shooting Brad Pitt’s WWII tank drama Fury.

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