The canon of narrative films based in the world of NASCAR isn’t that large.
The most well known are “Days of Thunder” (1990), “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006) and ESPN’s “3: The Dale Earnhardt Story” (2004) which starred Barry Pepper as the late-Dale Earnhardt.
Now you can add “Racer’s Heart: The Bobby Allison Story” to the mix.
Production company Posse Films, which specializes in “inspirational entertainment,” announced this week it is making a biographical film about the life and career of Allison, the 1983 Winston Cup champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner.
“My family and I are thrilled to have this film produced by Posse Films,” Allison said in a release. “Mark (Sutcliffe) and his team at Posse Films are like family to us, and I know we can trust them with our story.”
A press release said the film will document Allison’s rise to the top of NASCAR, the 1988 crash that ended his career at the age of 50 and Bobby and his wife Judy’s loss of their two sons, Davey and Clifford.
The film’s website says the movie is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2015.
“It is truly an honor to tell Bobby and Judy’s story, and we are committed to telling this compelling true story that will be exciting for NASCAR fans,” said Sutcliffe, chairman of Posse Films. “The further gifts of this story are Bobby and Judy’s lifelong love story and their continued faith through life’s worst kind of tragedies, which will be inspirational for moviegoers of every type.”
The project has been in the works for a few years.
The movie’s website, allisonfilm.com, is connected to a Twitter account that was created in March 2013. The account, which hasn’t tweeted since April 22 of that year, states the film was originally scheduled for production in late-2013 with a release planned for mid-2014.
Posse Films also own the rights to the lives of actor James Dean and Mike Webster, a former center for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What do you think about this potential movie about Allison and his family? Who do you think should portray Allison on the big screen?