Celebrated British screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement will write the script of “Sheene,” a feature film biopic about charismatic motorcycling ace Barry Sheene. The film, a U.K.-Australian co-production is based on the book “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene” by Sheene’s team mate Steve Parrish and MotoGP commentator Nick Harris.a
Sheene was a cockney playboy who twice won the world motor cycling championships and survived a couple of near-fatal bike crashes, before dying of cancer at age 52.
La Frenais and Dick Clement previously scripted “The Commitments,” “The Bank Job,” “Flushed Away” and TV series “Auf Wiedersehen Pet” and “Lovejoy.”
Production is by by Will Stoppard of the U.K.’s Deep Springs Pictures, and Rod Morris of Australia’s I. O. Films. The pair is currently handling rights ahead of the appointment of an international sales agent.
“To have a British sporting icon who cheated death, did whatever it took to win, lived life to the full, and conquered the most dangerous sport in the world was inspiring. (Sheene) was a superstar that transcended his sport, someone we all looked up to and lived our dreams through,” said Stoppard. “(La Frenais and Dick Clement) will deliver material that portrays the uncompromising larger than life character, coupled with the humor and drama that was never far away from Barry. At the same time they have their finger on the pulse of 1970s enabling them to make the most and capture this fascinating era as the backdrop to the movie.”