Toronto: Tom Bernard, Richard J. Lewis to Back 'Terry Fox' Biopic (Exclusive)
TORONTO -- Sony Pictures Classic's Tom Bernard and CSI's Richard J. Lewis have boarded an upcoming theatrical feature about Terry Fox, the young Canadian amputee whose 1980s cross-country marathon was interrupted by a return bout with cancer and eventual death.
Lewis, who is also co-executive producer of CBS’s Person of Interest, and SPC co-president Bernard have joined the nonprofit biopic from Los Angeles-based producer Kelly Slattery of Therapy Content.
Bernard and Lewis will help develop the Hollywood treatment of the Canadian hero, which has the support of the Fox family and foundation after Slattery secured the life rights to develop a feature film based on the young amputee’s story.
Other board members on the project include Los Angeles Kings president Luc Robitaille, the National Football League's John Kidd, Canadian champion skier Kaya Turski, Atlantic ocean rower Paul Ridley and Adam Sargeant, associate director of Notre Dame University.
"This inspiring tale and cause related film project’s importance in influencing how the film industry can impact change is well supported by Terry Fox’s family and foundation. I was gravitated to being a part of this project," Bernard said in a statement Thursday.
“Terry Fox is a hero of mine, and it is wonderful to be able to help contribute to his legacy with this project,” Lewis added in his own statement.
The Terry Fox biopic is donating all box office proceeds to cancer research.
Canadian NBA star-turned-filmmaker Steve Nash's earlier documentary about Fox, In the Wind, aired on ESPN as part of its 30 for 30 strand.
Fox's story also was relayed in the 1983 HBO/CTV movie The Terry Fox Story, as well as in the 2005 Canadian TV movie for CTV, Terry, produced by Shaftesbury Films.