The project will be adapted from the Leigh Montville book The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend, which was just published in April. The book will not only cover all of his legendary stunts, such as Snake River Canyon, Caesar's Palace, and Kings Island, but will delve into his equally painful private life. Here's what writer-director Ric Roman Waugh had to say about this project.
"This is my Walk the Line. Instead of concerts and songs, you're doing a daredevil guy. But it's less about the stunts and more about an exploration of a man who let nothing stand in the way of his quest for fame and glory - including his own mortality. What I love about Evel Knievel is I get to do an homage to the action world that I come from, but it's more about the relevancy of the price of fame and the life that this guy led. His family suffered for it, he suffered for it physically, and yet he became that iconic person that we all admired. What nobody has ever really captured - and maybe it takes an ex-stuntman to understand this - is the sacrifices he made, and the pain. Everybody's fearless until they get seriously hurt."
Ric Roman Waugh made his directorial debut with Felon in 2008, but before that he served as a stunt man specializing in car and motorcycle stunts for nearly 20 years. The filmmaker also has a personal relationship with the men who set up Evel Knievel's stunts, which he plans to use for his untitled project.
The writer-director also said he is looking at actors such as Tom Hardy, Chris Hemsworth, and Joel Edgerton to portray Evel Knievel. It isn't known when this project will begin production, although Ric Roman Waugh's next directorial project will be Snitch, which stars Dwayne Johnson.