*Anthony Mackie is getting closer to fulfilling one of his Wish List items. To play the role of iconic springer Jesse Owens on film. According to reports, Relativity Studios is on the final lap to acquire the script for a Jesse Owens biopic that has Mackie on board to star in. Owens dominated the 1936 Berlin Olympics, leaving Adolf Hitler‘s team of athletes in the dust. The film originally started its shopping rounds back in May 2014 and if everything works out, the studio will finance the project too.
Pending negotiations, some of today’s top directors can expect an email to consider on the project that is set to tentatively start production in October to prepare the film for debut in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The date will mark the 80th anniversary of the dramatic Games that had Owen winning four gold medals and pissing Hitler (and his theory that the Germans were the superior race) off royally.
The Jesse Owens project first came into play after Mackie met with his We Are Marshall scribe Jamie Linden.
George Olson then penned the original script under their supervision. And now Jason Spire, Linden and Olsen are aboard as producers; with Robbie Brenner overseeing for Relativity.
See what other Owens pic is being shopped around town and the upper hand it might have on the Relativity film.
Meanwhile, Mackie is not sitting on his hands. The actor has plenty to keep him busy with projects on the horizon that include films with Paramount and Warner Bros. studios.