Rush never caught fire in the way Universal hoped, but maybe audiences need a more relatable competition when it comes to a sports rivalry. They may get it from director James Watkins, who will reteam with his The Woman in Black star Daniel Radcliffe for the Olympic drama, Gold. According to BBC Films [via The Playlist], Watkins will work from a script from Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon), which will focus on the rivalry between runners Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett. Unlike the similar wealthy upbringings of the rivals from Rush, Coe and Ovett came from very different classes and upbringings, but “between them they won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers, one bronze, and broke a total of twelve middle-distance records,” according to the source material, The Perfect Distance by Pat Butcher.
BBC Films doesn’t say which athlete Radcliffe will play or who his co-star will be, but an announcement should be forthcoming since filming is set to begin in the U.K. and Russia in April. Radcliffe will next be seen in The F Word (my review), Horns, and the U.K. series A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Jon Hamm. He’s also attached to star in the crime-thriller Tokyo Vice and a new adaptation of Frankenstein.