Director:Ric Roman Waugh
Screenwriter:Ric Roman Waugh
Based on Leigh Montville’s "The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend," which Random House published in April. The project will cover all of Knievel’s major stunts in the 1960s and 1970s (Snake River Canyon, Kings Island) while providing a look at the painful (in many ways) private life of the man. Director Waugh describes the film: "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.” As a stuntman, Waugh specialized in motorcycle and car stunts in movies such as Days of Thunder and Lethal Weapon 2. He plans to use his inside knowledge of that world — and his friendship with the guys who set up Knievel’s original stunts — to bring old-school authenticity to the jumps and wrecks, with today’s lighter, safer bikes dressed as vintage and CGI limited to recreating true-to-the-period backdrops such as the Caesars Palace of Knievel’s infamous 1967 crash.