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Sprinter Usain Bolt is getting the documentary treatment after British filmmakers Gabe and Ben Turner announced plans to keep up with the fastest man alive in the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the games themselves and his prospective retirement in 2017.
Announced Tuesday, the as yet untitled film will follow the six-time Olympic champion and multiple world record holder from May this year and chronicle his preparation for the 2016 games.
The film will also look back on the Jamaican speedster’s career, taking in the epic wins in the 100m and 200m in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 as well as his quite incredible performance at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 when he clocked 9.58 seconds in the 100m.
Gabe and Ben Turner made their name with the well-received 2013 doc on Manchester United, Class of ’92 which features the rise of a young David Beckham and a group of precocious young soccer players. Alongside Leo Pearlman, their Fulwell 73 production house was also behind 2013’s Morgan Spurlock-directed One Direction: This Is Us documentary, producing with Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment. The Usain Bolt doc will be exec produced by the Doyen Group, which teamed with Fulwell 73 on Class of ’92.
Bolt said: “I’m excited to start work on this project. When I met Gabe and Ben and heard about their previous work I felt they would be the right people to tell my story and capture my journey to Rio 2016. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“Having explored the dynamic of brotherhood and teammates in our previous film, this time around Ben and I had a real interest in looking at the life of an athlete competing in an individual sport,” added Gabe Turner.
“When the opportunity arose to do so with the greatest athlete of all time, we leapt at the chance. Usain’s journey over this next year and what he achieves in Rio, will define his legacy and redefine what is possible in his sport. We cannot wait to be with him every step of the way.”
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