Daniel Radcliffe to Reunite with ‘The Woman in Black’ Director in Sports Drama ‘Gold’

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Daniel Radcliffe in A Young Doctors Notebook Daniel Radcliffe to Reunite with The Woman in Black Director in Sports Drama Gold

From the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda depicted in Rush to the tension between the Jamaicans and the smug Swiss team in Cool Runnings, some of the greatest sports movies ever made feature great players squaring off against one another.

Easily the greatest sports rivalry ever committed to film was the fiery antagonism between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy as they went head-to-head as Seekers to compete for the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup, engaging in furious enmity both on and off the pitch. Obviously some of the dramatic tension was assuaged by the fact that Malfoy is a terrible Seeker who wouldn’t have made it onto the Slytherin team if his father hadn’t bought him a place… not that we’re taking sides or anything.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has since been enjoying a fairly healthy career with plenty of diverse roles to help him shed his former child star status, and according to Deadline he is now set to join the world of muggle athletics. Radcliffe will reunite with The Woman in Black director James Watkins for Gold: a sports drama about Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe and his rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett.

Sebastian Coe at the Olympics Daniel Radcliffe to Reunite with The Woman in Black Director in Sports Drama Gold

Sebastian Coe & Steve Ovett at the 1980 Olympics

The script by Will Davies (How to Train Your Dragon) is based on Pat Butcher’s book “The Perfect Distance,” which covers the years in the 1970s and 1980s during which the two runners were competing directly with one another. At the Moscow Olympics in 1980, Coe and Ovett both won gold medals in each other’s specialities, and both athletes have broken running records over the course of their careers.

When Rush came out we listed some other racetrack tales that could make for great sports dramas, and with so many sporting enthusiasts out there it’s almost certain that Gold will find an audience, if only a niche one. Last year’s fictionalized Olympics-based drama Fast Girls mostly passed under the radar, though that might have had something to do with the filmmakers not being allowed to use the word “Olympics” anywhere in the script or on the screen due to trademark issues.

The ultimate titan of running movies is still Chariots of Fire, and probably will continue to be so for a while, but Gold sounds like an interesting project with some decent talent involved. Of course, the next big question is who will play Steve Ovett, as chemistry between the leads is going to be a major factor for this movie. Any suggestions?

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We’ll keep you updated on Gold as the project develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Read about this earlier today and was left wondering who’d play Ovett. Hope we find out soon.

    You think Lord Coe’s involvement in last year’s Olympics would allow that trademark to be used considering it’s a pretty historic sporting….thing.

  2. meh, i’d rather have a movie about a fued with steroids scandal like a Ben Johnson vs. Carl Lewis

    9.79 biotches

    • Hey, they could be good too but would it be as recognisable?

      (Saying that, is THIS recognisable to anyone outside the UK? Here, it’s still talked about but elsewhere, people might be thinking “Who the hell are these guys and why should we care?”)

      • thats true personally i’ve never heard of Coe or Ovett..i’m from Canada so Ben was a big deal here and Lewis was a pretty popular sprinter worldwide, plus he is the greatest singer in the world!

        • See, here, Lewis wasn’t really as talked about as people like Linford Christie and the only runners they talk about these days are Usain Bolt and Mo Farah so that’s why I sometimes question movies made that should be shown around the world because of the importance of the story being told but are about a pretty niche thing that’s only ever going to be (perhaps mildly) popular in the country of origin of those involved.

          That’s why 42 was a massive success last year at the US box office but released with zero fanfare in the UK on DVD in late summer.

          I just hope the marketing for this and future movies based on sporting achievements are vastly improved to appeal to several markets worldwide.

          It’s funny how Ovett is barely heard of these days except being named in the same breath as Sebastian (now Lord) Coe. They were discussed a lot last year because Lord Coe was the mastermind behind our Olympic bid and organised pretty much almost everything that went on last summer with the Olympic Games.

          Olympic fever has died down though now so would this movie even be as popular in the UK as it would’ve been had it released in 2012?

  3. As for Ovett, if they didn’t mind the age gap in actors, they could bring back the Young Doctor’s Handbook partnership of Daniel Radcliffe and John Hamm.

    Failing that, maybe Alfie Allen?

  4. The Woman In Black was not quite as good as I had hoped it would be, but the house on the island/peninsula itself was pretty cool! That was atmospheric indeed. I understand at one time there was talk of a sequel, but not sure what happened to that idea….Development Hell???

    • Last I remember reading, they were working on a script.