Life of Motorcycle Champion Barry Sheene Coming to the Big Screen

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'Across the Universe' scribes Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement will pen the script.

The life of British motorcyclist Barry Sheene will be racing its way into theaters.

The film, succinctly titled Sheene, will be written by Across the Universe scribes Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, based on the book Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene by Barry’s teammate Steve Parrish and MotoGP commentator Nick Harris.

Sheene was a World Champion Grand Prix racer, a playboy and rebel who survived two near-fatal race crashes. Sheen counted Ringo Starr and George Harrison as his friends.

He lost his battle to cancer in 2003.

The film will be produced by Will Stoppard and Rod Morris, with David Whealy acting as the executive producer.  

"It’s a rush to be making a movie about Barry Sheene — bringing his story and legacy to the big screen. For me, it all started growing up with a mum who was a doctor at a racetrack. I latched on to the thrill of speed early on, and nothing has changed," said Stoppard. "Cops to this day say to speeding motorcycle riders, 'Who do you think YOU are? Barry Sheene?!?!' "

 

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