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USA Network has greenlit the Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)-led limited series “Evel,” which is based on the story of larger-than-life 1970’s daredevil Evel Knievel as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat, the historic Snake River Canyon jump. The logline: “Evel” is a portrait of a complex man living the American dream, juggling meteoric celebrity and raising a family — and facing the very real probability that his next jump will kill him.
From UCP, Etan Frankel (“Sorry For Your Loss,” “Shameless,” “Animal Kingdom”) will write and executive produce the series. Serving as executive producers are McG, Mary Viola, and Steven Bello of Wonderland Sound & Vision; Alex Gartner, Charles Roven and Topher Rhys-Lawrence of Atlas Entertainment; and Ventimiglia. Russ Cundiff will co-executive produce on behalf of DiVide Pictures. Production is expected to begin in 2020.
“USA Network is known for big event series that celebrate heroes, rebels and icons, and what could be bigger than the story of one of the greatest thrill seekers of all time?,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA Network and SYFY. “The incredible life and journey of Evel Knievel lends itself to a dramatic retelling, and we are excited to be partnering with Milo, McG, UCP, Atlas and Wonderland to bring this iconic American tale to our viewers.”