Cannes: Evel Knievel Doc Lands With K5 for International Sales

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'Being Evel'

Daniel Junge's 'Being Evel' will be offered to buyers at the Marche du Film.

While the car crashes of Mad Max: Fury Road may have dominated the conversation along the Croisette over the next few days, over in the Marche du Film buyers will be able to pick up a documentary involving more than just a few motorbike accidents.

Munich-based K5 announced Tuesday that it was handling all non-U.S. sales of Being Evel, which delves into the life of one of America’s truly flawed and iconic heroes.

Directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and with Johnny Knoxville among the producers (he's also a talking head), Being Evel looks beyond the myth — and cape — of Robert ‘Evel’ Knievel, the pioneer for today’s extreme-sports scene who famously was said to have broken every bone in his body, but who was also at one time an outlaw.

"Evel Knievel is emblazoned on the brains of every middle-aged man who ever owned a bicycle, some bricks and a wooden ramp," said K5 founder Oliver Simon. "But he was also the blueprint for an entirely new generation of extreme-sports fanatics who have helped it grow into a multi-billion dollar global business."

North American rights to Being Evel have already been acquired by Gravitas Ventures, which plans to launch the doc this summer.