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.
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