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Jesse Owens biopic in the works by Disney

Dec 16, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Jesse Owens AP

The story of Jesse Owens, including his triumph in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazism at the 1936 Olympics, is being made into a Disney film.

The yet-to-be-titled project is based on Jeremy Schaap‘s book “Triumph,” according to reports.

David Seidler, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech,” is set to write the screenplay.

Owens won a then-record four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump.

One of his gold medals from those Games was recently auctioned for a record sum.

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  1. 12strikes - Dec 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    OH beautiful.

    The way Disney has to make everything “touchy felly” and “family friendly” they’ll have Hitler inviting Owens over for dinner and them singing “Kumbaya”.

    Just look at what they did not the 80 hockey team in Miracle and compare it to the Sports-Bio that HBO did. Other then the names and the places it was total BS.

  2. Matthew Kitchen - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This will no doubt be as terrible as it sounds.

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