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Altitude Films Acquires UK Rights to Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

Altitude Films Acquires UK Rights to Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race'

READ MORE: Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Goes to Focus Features

Altitude Films has acquired the UK rights to director Stephen Hopkins’ “Race.” The deal was negotiated between Altitude’s Will Clarke and Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett. Focus Features released “Race” in the U.S. last Friday.

“Race” is based on the astounding true story of the legendary track and field athlete from the 1936 Olympic Games, Jesse Owens. Owens is widely known as a national hero for not only overcoming the physical feats of competition, but also for defeating German competition during the Nazi Party’s reign. The script was developed and written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (“Frankie & Alice”) in cooperation with the Jesse Owens Foundation and the Owens family. 

Directed and produced by Emmy Award-winner Stephen Hopkins, “Race”‘s lead is played by Stephan James of “Selma” fame. “Race” also stars Jason Sudeikis and features Academy Award winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurt, in addition to Carice Van Houten.

Altitude Film Entertainment’s Head of Distribution, Hamish Moseley, said of the news, “We’re proud to be bringing Race and Jesse Owens’ incredible story to the UK. With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, and the 80th anniversary of Owens’ success, it couldn’t be a better time to celebrate such an icon on the big screen.”

Altitude has also recently picked up a number of interesting titles for UK distribution, including Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room,” Oren Moverman’s “Time Out Of Mind,” Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin” and Asif Kapadia’s “Maradona.”

Altitude Films has yet to announce a UK release date for “Race.”

READ MORE: ‘Race’ Honors American Hero Jesse Owens

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