Berlin: Content Drives Sales on Steve McQueen Docu ‘The Man & Le Mans’

Berlin: Content Drives Sales on Steve

Docu follows Steve McQueen during production of feature 'Le Mans'

LONDON — Content is to steer worldwide rights to Steve McQueen docu “The Man & Le Mans,” which will be revving up at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna direct and produced the pic, which will be exec produced by Andrew Marriott, Richard Wiseman and Content’s Jamie Carmichael.

Pic starts in 1970, when McQueen was one of Hollywood’s hottest stars and had secured a six-picture deal with Cinema Center Studios, which enabled him to pick his own projects. McQueen was a motor-racing fanatic, and his passion project was “Le Mans,” which centered on the 24-hour race in France.

McQueen said: “If we’re going to do this, we are going to do it right. No typical Hollywood bullshit — no clever twists, no perfect ending. It has to be pure. And if we’re going to do it about one race, it has to be Le Mans.”

During the pic’s production, director John Sturges quit, McQueen’s marriage fell apart, his company was on the brink of bankruptcy, and he was in constant fear for his life after learning that he was on Charles Manson’s “death list.”

The docu makes use of hours of never-seen-before footage that has remained, until now, untouched in a Paris basement. It attempts to take the viewer inside the mind of McQueen as he fought to save his film.

Carmichael said: ” ‘Senna’ meets ‘Bullitt’ in ‘The Man & Le Mans’; it’s going to be an extraordinary, moving, white-knuckle drive with one of the greatest movie stars of all time, through the prism of the film that almost destroyed him.”

The docu is set to begin pre-production in the spring and will then be filming at Le Mans race track, concluding at the end of the summer in the U.S.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. george says:

    Amazing 34 years after his death he is still remembered. I think his career was over due to his choice to withdrawn from working for several years, and poor project choices.I always liked him and it’s great to see he’s being remembered.

More Film News from Variety