Hollywood director Steven Spielberg to make biopic on racer James Hunt

London: Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is to make a biopic on legendary British racing driver James Hunt.

Executives at the director`s DreamWorks studio are said to be keen on ‘Tormented’ star Alex Pettyfer playing the lead, a website said.

"I can confirm there are plans for a James Hunt film," said a DreamWorks spokesperson.

"Negotiations are at an advanced stage, and a deal is very close. This is a fantastic story about a very charismatic figure and has all the elements of a great film. Hunt was quite a character," a source said.

Hunt became a Formula One champion in 1976, but was devastated when his pal Ronnie Petersen died during the Italian Grand Prix two years later. Hunt passed away in 1993 after a heart attack.


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