BBC Films will stoke London 2012 fever by making a film about the infamous rivalry between middle-distance runners Sebastian Coe (skinny, ran fast over long distances) and Steve Ovett (skinny, ran fast, looked a bit like Chris Martin) set during their '70s and '80s heyday.
The rivalry between Coe and Ovett - at times fierce, at others cordial - began with a school cross-country race in 1972 and came to a head at the Moscow Games in 1980. It's a great sporting spat that could be pitched somewhere between The Damned United and Chariots Of Fire on the scale of cinematic rivalries.
The Beeb is developing the project with AL Films, for whom Joanna Anderson and Vicky Licorish will produce. “You were either an Ovett person or a Coe person” says Licorish. “That’s what makes it such a great character piece as well.”