Coe vs Ovett - the movie
Arguably two of the greatest middle distance runners in history, Seb Coe and Steve Ovett are subject of a new BBC film that depicts their bitter rivalry that gripped Britain in the late 70’s and early 80’s…
Between 1979 and 1981 the two 800 > 1 mile specialists destroyed record after record as they blazed a trail around the world’s track and field arenas, dazzling crowds and ensuring prime-time TV slots for their record attempts. Indeed in 1981 Ovett ensured that the BBC Nine O’Clock news started late as he broke the mile record in Koblenz.
So, almost 20 years on it seems apt that this epic story of sporting rivalry is retold in film:
The BBC is working with AL Films, whose producers were behind the BBC1 hit Small Island, to develop the movie, which is expected to be released before the 2012 Games. Los Angeles-based British writer William Davies, who worked on hits such as Johnny English, Twins and Flushed Away, will write the screenplay.
The movie is to be based on the classic book of the pair’s rivalry, Pat Butcher’s The Perfect Distance.
The release date of the film is expected to be 2012…