Paul Van Carter pens boxing biopic
LONDON — Revolver Entertainment’s production arm Gunslinger is set to make a biopic of notorious Brit bare-knuckle fighter Lenny “The Guv’nor” McLean.
Pic will be based on the book “The Guv’nor Tapes” by Peter Gerrard, which contains extensive interviews with McLean. Paul Van Carter (“Feltham”) and McLean’s nephew Martin Askew are writing the screenplay.
The untitled project will chronicle McLean’s violent life from his humble beginnings in East London, to boxer, bouncer, bare-knuckle fighter, actor, accused murderer and family man. Revolver’s Justin Marciano and Nick Taussig will produce with McLean’s son, Jamie.
Gunslinger has produced three films in its first 15 months of operation: the 2009 Brit action thriller “Shank,” girl gang drama “Sket,” currently in post production, and urban comedy “Anuvahood,” which took 2.1 million ($3.4 million) at the U.K. box office after its March release.
The biopic isn’t the distrib-producer’s first foray into the bare-knuckle arena. Earlier this year Revolver snapped up U.K. rights to Ian Palmer’s Irish fistfight documentary “Knuckle,” a hot title at Sundance.