The project “Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago” has found a home at Sony Pictures with Jerry Weintraub producing, a source familiar with the project told TheWrap.
The true story follows the relationship between Steve McQueen and his stunt double, Bud Ekins. It covers the early years of their friendship in the 1960s and their adventures as the first American team in the European motor-cross race.
Brandon Murphy and Philip Murphy are writing the screenplay for the project, which is in development. Susan Ekins is executive producing.
Ekins is described as a highly-respected, American-born, European motor-car and stunt racer who finds himself putting his professional reputation on the line when he allows an actor, by the name of Steve McQueen, to join his team ahead of the International Four Day Trials.
A book “Steve McQueen 40 Summers Ago: Hollywood Behind the Iron Curtain,” by Rin Tanaka and Sean Kelly, was published in 2004. Brandon and Philip Murphy also wrote the screenplay for “The Last Drop” at Good Universe.
Sony declined to comment.