Red Bull Media House has attached documentary film director Joe Berlinger (“Paradise Lost,” “Brother’s Keeper”) to helm what it aims to be the definitive film about the extraordinary 24-time windsurf/kite-board world champion, Robby Naish.
“Robby Naish, one of the greatest athletes in action sports, and Joe Berlinger, an Academy Award nominated director, is a powerful combination,” said Philipp Manderla, head of feature films at RBMH, adding that RBMH, Berlinger and Naish are now defining the story arc of the film.
Breaking through into the action sports world at 11, the legendary but non-limelight seeking Naish is still competing at 52. The film will be released in 2017, Manderla said.
RBMH has also closed sales on “Streif: One Hell of a Ride.” Warren Miller Entertainment has acquired U.S. theatrical rights on the film about Kitzbuhel, Austria’s Hahnenkamm race down the Streif ski run — billed as the Super Bowl of the winter sports world. Released Dec. 25 in Austria, “Streif” proved the most successful local movie of the year at the Austrian box office, with $1.7 million.
In other major deals, RBMH has closed home entertainment pacts for Germany (Eurovideo), U.K. (Signature) and France (Koba) and all rights for Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta) for the ski race pic. “Streif” premiered Nov. 3 at New York’s Sunshine Cinema, with U.S. Alpine ski star Daron Rahlves in attendance. Per Manderla, “Streif” now segues to a North American tour, which is being handled by Warren Miller Entertainment, a Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival competition screening, subsequent U.S. fest spots and a DVD/VOD U.S. release.