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The maker of two movies spoofing God is to turn his production company’s attention on the world of pro cycling.
And there’s plenty to laugh about. Could there be cameo roles for WADA’s Dick Pound (the man not the place) and the UCI’s Pat McQuaid?
Other comic turns could include walk-ons by an assortment of French lab technicians speaking in Inspector Clouseau accents and bungling a variety of simple urine tests.
PINK PANTHER (1978)
Of course, Floyd Landis vs USADA is no laughing matter but it’s hard to think how a spoof movie about the Tour de France could avoid the subject of doping, replete as it is with testosterone patches and peeing into bottles.
Think I’m kidding about the Hollywood treatment? Not so. The movie rights to Tour de Frank have been optioned by Universal Pictures, reveals The Hollywood Reporter.
The movie will be produced by Tom Shadyac, director of God spoofs Bruce Almighty of 2003 and Evan Almighty of 2007.
Tour de Frank is the brainchild of former trade journalists Andrea King and Andy Marx. King used to work for The Hollywood Reporter and Marx was a writer on Daily Variety.
Shadyac’s stellar credits include Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Liar Liar (1997), and Eddie Murphy’s The Nutty Professor (1995).
Shadyac also produced the upcoming comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James as firefighters who pretend to be gay in order to receive domestic partner benefits.
Shadyac’s other claim is fame is that, at 23, he became the youngest staff joke writer for Bob Hope.
Shady Acres Entertainment is a production company based at Universal Pictures in Hollywood.
BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003) - snippet
EVAN ALMIGHTY (2007) - trailer
The last time a pro cyclist featured in a Hollywood movie was a quick walk-on by Lance Armstrong in Dodgeball. Of course, the best cycle sport movie ever was Breaking Away of 1979. This won the Oscar for bext screenplay that year. The bikes were by Masi. Here’s the famous truck-drafting segment from the movie, featuring a giant Cinzano logo: