According to Shadow and Act, Usain Bolt will be the subject of a new UK documentary that will showcase the record-breaking runner’s career.
At only 29, Bolt holds most of the world’s major running records. For the 100-meter race he is the world recorder holder at 9.58 seconds. He broke that record back in 2009 in Berlin. He also holds the 200-meter world record. Bolt has become an international icon and the world’s fastest man.
Variety first reported on this story and revealed that the film will be produced by Fulwell 73 and directed by Gabe and Ben Turner. This is the same team behind the documentaries, Class of 92, which centered on former Manchester United soccer players, and One Direction: This is Us, which grossed $70 million.
The principal photography of the film began in May but the filmmakers have spent nearly two years with Bolt doing research. The crew wanted to get an inside look at how the fastest man in the world trained and prepared for his races. The film will also focus on his races in the upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. It is very likely that the 29-year-old will continue his gold winning ways and bring home the top prize for a third time.
“To get the chance to make a feature doc about the world’s greatest ever athlete is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity and to do so during what will be the Games that defines and enshrines that legacy makes it extra special,” said producer Leo Pearlman.
The film is still in the development and production phases.