The story of Evel Knievel is a perfect fit for the big screen: motorcycle stunts as a teenager, death-defying leaps over buses and cars as an adult, a Caesar's Palace crash in 1967 that left him in a coma for 29 days and a return to form one year later where he continued to jump until his retirement in 1980 -- and writer-director Ric Roman Waugh plans on capturing it all in a new biopic on the iconic figure.

Waugh, a former stuntman who worked on films including 'Days of Thunder' and 'Lethal Weapon 2,' is currently negotiating to adapt Leigh Montville's book, 'The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend' as the basis for the film.

Hit the jump to see Waugh's thoughts on the movie and who he has in mind for the iconic role.

What I love about Evel Knievel is I get to do an homage to the action world that I come from, but it's more about the relevancy of the price of fame and the life that this guy led," Waugh told the Hollywood Reporter. He added that "there were so many demons behind that man that nobody ever really discussed. We're going to tell the real story of who this guy was and understand why the world fell in love with him.

George Hamilton already played Knievel in a 1971 film, and Waugh said that he's hoping to get one of the new crop of "men's men" to play the part, such as Tom Hardy, Chris Hemsworth or Joel Edgerton. (Our vote goes to Josh Brolin).

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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