INDIEWIRE: Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ gets a release date

08 Oct 2014

‘Race’ is off to a good start, with William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten joining the cast, Germany’s Square On and Canada’s Entertainment One (eOne) jumping on-board to co-produce, and Focus Features attached to release Stateside, announcing today a release date of the drama for April 8, 2016.

“Race” will be directed by Stephen Hopkins (“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”), from a script penned by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.

The project will…

… focus on how Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest atlhetic feats of all time.

It’s a project that has the backing of the Jesse Owens Foundation and the Jesse Owens Trust.

By Tambay A. Obenson on Shadow and Act for Indiewire

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: William Hurt cast in Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

08 Oct 2014

William Hurt has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic ‘Race’, which stars Stephan James as the famous track and field athlete.

Also starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Carice van Houten, ‘Race’ is directed by Stephen Hopkins and is filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won his record-breaking four gold medals in 1936.

Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.

‘Race’ is produced by Jean Charles Lévy, Luc Dayan, Kate Garwood, Hopkins, Louis-Philippe Rochon, Dominique Séguin, Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok. Executive producers are Christophe Charlier, Ben Grass, Scott Kennedy, Bonnie Timmermann, George Acogny, Nicolas Manuel, Jonathan Bronfman and Al Munteanu.

By Rebecca Ford for Hollywood Reporter

VARIETY: William Hurt joins Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

08 Oct 2014

William Hurt has joined Jesse Owens Biopic “Race” opposite Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James.

“Race,” directed by Stephen Hopkins from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, is currently being filmed in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The stadium is where Owens won four Olympic gold medals in 1936 in a repudiation of Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Hurt will portray Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. 

By Dave McNary from Variety

VARIETY: Stephen Hawking Develops Cartoon Series Aimed at Kids

02 May 2014

Nerd Corps Entertainment has begun development on a children’s computer-animated TV series based on the “George Greenby” book series, the New York Times bestselling series by Stephen Hawking, above, and his daughter, Lucy Hawking.

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KIDSCREEN: Nerd Corps partners with Lucy and Stephen Hawking on new TV series

01 May 2014

Vancouver, Canada-based Nerd Corps Entertainment has joined forces with world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, author Lucy Hawking, to bring their bestselling George Greenby children’s book series to TV screens.

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WORLDSCREEN: Nerd Corps to Bring Stephen Hawking’s Books to the Small Screen

01 May 2014

VANCOUVER: Nerd Corps Entertainment has partnered with famed physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, author Lucy Hawking, along with Pure Grass Films, to develop a new show inspired by the George Greenby children’s book series penned by both Hawkings.

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