EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Junge’s feature documentary Being Evel debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and was later acquired by Gravitas Ventures for North America. International sales rights to the story of the notorious stunt performer Robert “Evel” Knievel are now in the hands of Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International.
Being Evel tells the tale behind the myth of the 1970s American daredevil icon and pioneer for today’s Extreme Sports scene. It also recounts the darker story of the man behind the flamboyant cape; a one-time outlaw whose wildly dangerous career spanned 75 ramp-to-ramp motorbike jumps and saw him break every bone in his body.
Written and directed by Oscar-winner Junge (Saving Face), it’s produced by History Films along with Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine and Mat Hoffman from Dickhouse Productions, and Brendan Kiernan and Justin Moore-Lewy at HeLo.
“Evel Knievel is emblazoned on the brains of every middle-aged man who ever owned a bicycle, some bricks and a wooden ramp,” says Simon. “But he was also the blueprint for an entirely new generation of extreme sports fanatics who have helped it grow into a multi-billion dollar global business.”
This is the most recent doc for K5 which previously handled Oscar-nominated Cutie And The Boxer and British Independent Film Award winner Next Goal Wins.