Murder tale to Bandito

Producer McCoy has tapped Baxter to write feature

Production company Bandito Brothers has acquired the life story rights of murdered auto racing promoter Mickey Thompson.

Producer Mike McCoy (“Dust to Glory”) has tapped scribe David Baxter to write the feature, “Challenger.” Deal is reportedly worth six figures.

Bandito Brothers has already begun production on documentary “Gearhead: The Legend of Mickey Thompson,” directed by John Bilecky. Shingle’s head of production, Cassandra Del Viscio, will oversee development and production of both projects.

Thompson’s life and death are the subject of both an ongoing “48 Hours” investigative report and an “America’s Most Wanted” story. Feature will focus on events that lead up to the 1988 execution-style slaying of Thompson and his wife by two hooded gunmen.

Case was unsolved for nearly 20 years, but Thompson’s estranged business partner and Supercross founder Michael Goodwin is on trial in Pasadena for plotting and ordering the murders.

A principal of Nimbus Pictures, Baxter penned “Nuvolari,” an original screenplay about Italian auto racing icon Tazio Nuvolari, for 20th Century Fox, and “Broken Code,” a Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan Foundation award-winning script about DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin. “Code” will begin production next spring with Peter Bogdanovich attached to direct.

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