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Anthony Mackie is a busy man, but apparently he's not busy enough. With some spare time in-between Marvel movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his upcoming project with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, he's lined himself up to be in two different biopics. The first is Jimi, one of two upcoming biopics about famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The second, more recent project, is one that Mackie himself is developing and presenting to studios and will have him starring as famed Olympian Jessie Owens. While the project doesn't have a title as of yet, it does have two other films to compete with, and proves to be a golden opportunity for whomever gets it right. Deadline ran the story about how Anthony Mackie is teaming with writer Jamie Linden (who shares the film We Are Marshall as a common link between himself and Mackie) to co-produce a film from »
In 1936, at the height of Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany, the Olympics were somehow hosted in Berlin. Just in case you aren’t familiar with the situation, Hitler had this belief in a master Aryan Race. He thought fair-skinned, blonde-haired humans were superior in every single way. So it must’ve come as quite a shock to watch that belief be dashed to pieces in his own backyard as a black American, Jesse Owens, completely dominated the blondes and everyone else who was on the track by winning an outstanding four gold medals.
Owens’ performance is regarded as one of the best stories track and field has to offer, and rightfully so. It’s actually quite surprising that there haven’t been more films made about that summer in ’36. Thankfully, that’s all about to change. Disney has a project in the works about Owens (based on Jeremy Schaap »
- Alexander Lowe
With John Boyega taking a major role in Star Wars: Episode VII, that left the lead role in the Jesse Owens biopic Race open for the taking. Now The Wrap reports rising star Stephan James, currently shooting the civil rights drama Selma, has landed the role following the iconic African-American track-and-field star who competed in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and won four gold medals after his humble beginnings saw him growing up in 1920s Cleveland, and eventually ending up in Alabama. That's where the film from director Stephen Hopkins (Blown Away) will begin. But it's not the only Jesse Owens project on the way. Deadline has word that Anthony Mackie is trying hard to get his own Jesse Owens biopic off the ground with the intention of producing the film with We Are Marshall writer Jamie Linden and also starring in the film as the quick Olympian. Mackie is »
- Ethan Anderton
Anthony Mackie, of Captain America fame, is shopping around a Jesse Owens biopic with We Are Marshall writer Jamie Linden, according to Deadline. The would-be movie, which Mackie would produce and star in, focuses on the lead-up to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where Owens won four gold medals in the shadow of Hitler's regime. Sports versus Nazism! Dignity in the face of humiliating racism in one's own country! One of the greatest athletes who has ever lived! And Falcon! Make this movie, Hollywood. »
- Margaret Lyons
Mackie and Linden will produce the film which George Olson scripted. The pair will shortly shop the script around in hopes of fast tracking the feature focusing on the lead-up to the 1936 games where Owens' performance shook the world.
Unfortunately the film is entering a crowded field with several projects vying to bring the story to the screen first. One is Stephen Hopkins' "Race" which John Boyega was slated to star in and now has scored Stephan James as Owens. Another is Disney's "Triumph" which David Seidler ("The King's Speech") is scripting.
Mackie himself has also made headlines for dropping out of a long in the works film about famed coronet player Buddy Bolden. Anthony Mackie played the »
- Garth Franklin
The Captain America: The Winter Soldier star wants to produce and star in a film about the Olympic gold medal-winning legend, reports Deadline.
Us sprinter Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of German racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott.
Owens also faced prejudice in his home country.
Mackie was previously attached to an Owens biopic in 2006. He recently signed back on for revived Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi. »
A couple updates on competing biopics centered around Jesse Owens, the Olympian legend who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games: John Boyega was set to star in Race, but needs to drop out to star in Star Wars: Episode VII. The Wrap reports Stephan James is now in talks to play Owens. Stephen Hopkins (House of Lies) will direct Race. Deadline reports Anthony Mackie "badly wants to play Jesse Owens" and is putting together a passion project to do so. Mackie and Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) are producing and supervised a script by George Olsen that focuses on the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics. They will shop the project to distributors soon. There is a third Owens project, too! Last we checked, Antoine Fuqua signed on to direct a biopic scripted by David Seidler (The King's Speech) for Disney, but Fuqua has many irons in the fire. More after the jump. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie is getting ready to shop his Untitled Jesse Owens Biopic out to distributors. When we spoke with the actor during the Captain America: The Winter Soldier junket, the actor revealed he was taking some time off of acting to get this project off the ground.
"I've been really focused and working on my Jesse Owens project, trying to get that off the ground. That's been my little brainchild for awhile, so I'm taking some time off to just focus on that. Yeah, we finally have a draft, and we finally have it to where we want it, and now it's at the point where we're trying to figure out the next move, who's the best director, stuff like that, because this is a story that has to be told."
Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, a »
Although his Sam Wilson may have been repeatedly outpaced by Steve Rogers in the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie is now looking to play a runner that no one is going to bet against. Deadline reports that Mackie plans on playing Jesse Owens in a still-untitled biopic scripted by George Olson. Mackie will also produce alongside Jason Spire and screenwriter Jamie Linden. »
Flying high on the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie is hoping his impressive work to date can help him finally realise a long-held dream: playing Olympic legend Jesse Owens on the big screen. He’s been attached to a biopic of the man before, and now seems intent on producing his own, untitled take on Owens.With We Are Marshall’s Jamie Linden on script and co-producing duty, Mackie is set to offer up the project that will chronicle Owens’ life and career. He showed his sprinting abilities early in his native Alabama and eventually earned a place on the American Olympics team in 1936. Though Adolf Hitler had tried to ban black and Jewish athletes from competing, he relented in the face of a potential boycott, and was angered when Owens surged to a victorious sweep of four gold medals. Despite his legendary achievement, the runner still faced racism at home. »
Exclusive: While Anthony Mackie won’t be at the finish line for Dan Pritzker’s Bolden film, the actor has a passion project of his own that he is about to shop to distributors. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-star badly wants to play Jesse Owens, the sprinter whose four gold medal performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics infuriated and demoralized Adolf Hitler and put the lie to his theory that the Germans were the superior race. Mackie got together with his We Are Marshall writer Jamie Linden, and together they are producing an Owens film that was scripted by George Olson under their supervision. With longtime manager and producing partner Jason Spire from Inspire Entertainment, they will shortly shop the script in hopes of fast tracking a feature that will focus on the run-up to the 1936 games, and the profound impact that the performance by Owens had on the world. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
George Clooney may be off-limits now that he's engaged but he's still being sought after by women, as director Jodie Foster is courting the Oscar winner to star in her financial drama “Money Monster,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Written by Alan Difiore (“Grimm”) and Jim Kouf (“National Treasure”) as well as Jamie Linden (“We Are Marshall”), the story follows a TV personality whose insider trading tips have made him the money guru of Wall Street. When a viewer who lost all of his family's money on a bad tip from the money expert decides to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Literary agent Trevor Astbury has left Paradigm and is expected to join CAA, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap. Representatives for CAA and Paradigm did not immediately respond to TheWrap's late-night requests for comment. Also read: Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer Join Paradigm; Clients to Follow From Resolution It remains unclear which clients would follow Astbury to his next agency. At Paradigm, the well-respected dealmaker represented screenwriters Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”), Bill Dubuque (“The Judge”), Ernie Cline (“Ready Player One”), Bert Royal (“Easy A”), Jamie Linden (“Dear John”), Patrick Lussier (“Terminator: Genesis”) and David McKenna (“American History X”) as well as “Hitman” director. »
- Jeff Sneider
Breaking: Summit Entertainment has landed screen rights to John Corey Whaley’s upcoming Young Adult novel Noggin, with Jamie Linden attached to write the script and direct the film. Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill Entertainment will produce. The book will be published in April by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atheneum Books. It’s a pretty clever premise. A dying young man agrees to be cryogenically frozen, Ted Williams style, for as long as it takes for medical science to be able to cure the disease that is killing him. He wakes up just five years later and finds his head grafted onto the body of someone else. He’s still 16, but discovers life has moved on without him. Seeing that his friends have grown up and his life love is engaged to someone else, he tries to find a way to build a new life, even if new scars are inevitable. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Summit has optioned the John Corey Whaley tome “Noggin” with Temple Hill coming on to produce.
Jamie Linden will pen the screenplay adaptation. The story follows a 16 year-old whose head ends up in a freezer after he dies. Five years later, he is brought back to life, but his head has been reattached to another person’s body. The coming-of-age tale has a “Freaky Friday” meets “Frankenstein” feel.
“Noggin” will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books in April. Whaley’s award-winning novel “Where Things Come Back” was previously optioned by the Gotham Group.
Lionsgate president of production Erik Feig and director of production and development Jeyun Choi will oversee the project for the studio. Temple Hill senior VP of production and development Tracey Nyberg will oversee for the company.
Linden’s past credits include “We Are Marshall” and “Dear John.” He is currently writing “Flight Before Christmas,” which »
- Justin Kroll
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