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Hollywood to take James Hunt's life to the big screen

Hollywood is set to make a big-screen spectacle out of the chequered life story of one of F1's true sporting legends - much-missed 1976 world champion James Hunt
The life story of James Hunt is to be made into a Hollywood movie, it has been revealed, with 20-year-old Alex Pettyfer – a man whose wavy blond locks arguably make him a good fit for the part – to assume the role of Britain's much-missed late playboy world champion.

It is being reported in several circles that Steven Spielberg's film studio Dreamworks has acquired the rights to the recently-released book Shunt: The Story of James Hunt by Tom Rubython with a view to converting it into a big-screen spectacle – although it is claimed that the Hunt family are less than enamoured by the project.

The public school-educated, high-living womaniser is one of the most legendary characters in F1 history, almost as famous for his numerous off-track conquests of the female variety – regularly sporting a T-shirt proclaiming sex as the 'Breakfast of Champions' – as his conquests on the circuit, of which there were equally many.

Remembered with great affection by many of the sport's fans, the crowning glory of Hunt's career was the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji in 1976, when he lifted the world championship laurels following a gutsy performance in torrential conditions.

His untimely death from a heart attack at the age of just 45 in 1993 – two days after he had commentated on the Canadian Grand Prix for the BBC and tragically mere hours after proposing to the love of his life, Helen Dyson – robbed the country of one of its indisputable true sporting heroes far too soon.

Whilst his on-track successes brought him international fame and fortune, Hunt's troubled and frequently turbulent private life characterised by years of alcohol and drug abuse had left him practically penniless by the time of his death – although cruelly, he passed away just as he had begun to banish the demons that had haunted him for more than a decade.

According to movie blog Deadline.com, rising British star Pettyfer has been lined up to play the role of the protagonist in the movie, which would follow fast in the wheel tracks of the eagerly-anticipated Brazilian documentary 'Senna', scheduled for release in Britain this summer. It is understood that Pettyfer will also help to produce the film alongside Wolverine producer John Palermo.

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Johnny U

January 04, 2011 8:29 PM
Last Edited 2209 days ago

If this movie comes to be and if anyone from the production crew reads this post, PLEASE use period correct cars. CG them if you must, please do not use anything that resembled those horrible examples of open wheeled cars that were used in Iron Man 2. And for heaven's sake do not let the driver(s) speak while in their cars unless they are cursing one another under their breath. I seriously hope whoever creates this movie watches Grand Prix and Le Mans. Then watches them both again. We do not want another Driven.

M Bee - Unregistered

January 05, 2011 3:00 AM

First Hollywood said they were going to do a movie about Senna with Antonio Banderas playing the part of Senna (what the hell?), then they said they were going to do a movie about Gilles Villeneuve with Leo DiCaprio as one of the Villeneuves (I'm not sure if its Gilles) Now they say they're going to do a movie about James Hunt? I'll believe it when I see it!

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