Jesse Owens film, starring Anthony Mackie, is close to a “go”

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The film starring Anthony Mackie, about Jesse Owens and his historic and heroic efforts at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, is coming close to getting made.

As reports, it has been a particular passion project of the actor’s for many years.

The hope is for the as-yet-untitled film from Relativity Studios to be released by the time of the 2016 Summer Games, coordinating with the 80th anniversary of those Berlin Olympics, where Adolf Hitler’s “Aryan race superiority” was humilated by Owens winning four gold medals.

Of course, this is not the only Jesse Owens movie that will be showing up in theaters soon. Focus Features already has “Race,” starring Stephan James as Owens. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, that film began shooting last fall. Additional cast members include William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten.

On top of that Disney is developing a third Owens movie, based on Jeremy Schaap’s book “Triumph,” with “The King’s Speech” writer David Seidler penning the screenplay.

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