New Evel Knievel Biopic to Star Channing Tatum, "Pure Evel" Title Rumored

Evel Knievel in action 3 photos
Evel Knievel jumping carsChanning Tatum training for the next Knievel biopic
2015 surely looks like a very good year for the fans of Evel Knievel, as rumors about one more movie about the iconic motorcycle stunt rider surfaced recently. A project that was in the works since four years ago is back on track, and it will be the second Knievel biopic since the one in 1971 that had George Hamilton playing Evel.
While there is no firm news on the progress of the entire project, Darren Aronofsky has been talking to the Hollywood Reported and he confirmed having teamed up with Channing Tatum for delivering the new Knievel biopic.

No title was disclosed as of now, but Sony Pictures, who is behind the entire thing has just secured the rights to the book "Pure Evel", and this may be a hint as to the name of the movie. Sony Pictures already bought the rights to Stuart Baker's book "Life of Evel: Evel Knievel," but we are still in need of more inside information.

Channing Tatum is riding Harleys off-road

Meanwhile, Channing Tatum is taking off-road riding courses on Harley-Davidson bikes to get used to certain scenes he will have to play in the movie. He posted a pic on Instagram adding "Just finished a riding course today. I've rode dirt bikes for a while. Now I can just do it legally."

The biopic has been in the plans since 2011, but the initial director Peter Berg left the project without offering too many explanations and caused delays.

Knievel fans have one more movie to expect, Being Evel, directed by Jackass' Johnny Knoxville. Being Evel already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is expected in theaters.

At the same time, Evel Knievel's legacy has just been taken one step further with Doug Danger's successful 22 car jump he performed this summer at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

As for whether Knievel is or not the huge figure the US two-wheeled culture honors, we'd rather only say that it was not exactly his win or fail that matters, but his courage to undertake such crazy feats. And adding in the fact that the bikes he rode had almost nothing to do with anything a contemporary rider would choose for stunts, and the primitive protective gear he wore during his acts, we'd certainly say that he was a very brave, if a bit crazy guy.
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