LOS ANGELES (NEWS1130) – It was 33 years ago today when Terry Fox dipped his leg in the chilly Atlantic and began his Marathon of Hope.
Now Los Angeles-based studio Therapy Content, maker of Dave Grohl’s acclaimed documentary “Sound City,” is raising funds to make a feature film about Terry’s incredible journey.
Executive director Kelly Slattery, from Newmarket, Ontario, is developing the film hand-in-hand with the Fox family.
“They’re definitely a big part of it and I think that is going to add to it tremendously,” she tells News1130.
Kelly’s father, an Adidas executive, was the recipient of the letter Terry wrote to secure the shoemaker’s support for his run.
“He’s always been a big part of our life in our household. The ‘Terry Fox religion’ is what I call it,” she says.
The film will be a $10-million Los Angeles production, to be released in the American market. Several actors are being considered play the lead, including Anton Yelchin.
“He looks so much like Terry Fox and he’s a fantastic actor,” she notes.
Director Danny Boyle is also on Slattery’s wish-list; his credits include 127 Hours, Trainspotting, and Slumdog Millionaire, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director in 2008.
All profits from the film will go to cancer research and Slattery hopes to start a whole line of films that are non-profit.
“We hope for this to be the biggest philanthropic [fundraiser] of all time.”