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Dale Earnhardt Biopic in the Works

Posted: February 15th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Dale Earnhardt Biopic in the WorksSubmit Comment
Producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher have made a deal to tell the life story of the stock car driver Dale Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash in the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. The deal comes just as Dale Earnhardt Jr. rolls into Sunday's Daytona 500 for the first time since leaving DEI, the racing empire built by his dad.

Earnhardt's widow, Teresa, and son Dale Jr. have both pledged their cooperation on the biopic even though their relationship is strained -- he left DEI after his stepmother refused his request for majority control.

Earnhardt, who drove the famous No. 3 black Chevy, won seven NASCAR Winston Cup titles, 76 career races and more than $40 million in purses, finally winning Daytona in 1998 after losing the prestigious race 20 times. Earnhardt's daring driving and charisma made him so popular that, right before his death, 25% of NASCAR's $1.1 billion in merchandise sales were devoted to him.

Onscreen racing has had more misses than hits. "Days of Thunder" failed to capture the huge racing fan base, while "Talladega Nights" scored a hit with NASCAR's cooperation. The producers said Earnhardt's icon status will draw the fans, and visual effects advances make it possible to create the danger and energy that drivers experience but haven't translated in past films.

Source: Variety


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