The USA Network ordered Milo Ventimiglia’s limited series “EVEL,” following Evel Knievel as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat, the historic Snake River Canyon jump. The network called the series “an exhilarating portrait of a complex man living the American dream, juggling meteoric celebrity and raising a family — and facing the very real probability that his next jump will kill him.”
Etan Frankel will write and executive produce the series for the network, with McG, Mary Viola, Steven Bello, Alex Gartner, Charles Roven, Topher Rhys-Lawrence, and Ventimiglia serving as executive producers. Russ Cundiff will co-executive produce on behalf of DiVide Pictures, and the show is expected to enter into production in 2020. More casting information will be shared as we get closer to production.
“USA Network is known for big event series that celebrate heroes, rebels and icons, and what could be bigger than the story of one of the greatest thrill seekers of all time?,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA Network and SYFY. “The incredible life and journey of Evel Knievel lends itself to a dramatic retelling, and we are excited to be partnering with Milo, McG, UCP, Atlas and Wonderland to bring this iconic American tale to our viewers.”
Ventimiglia is already part of the NBC family, currently starring in “This is Us” as Jack Pearson. Throughout the show’s run, Milo Ventimiglia earned three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2016, he reprised his role as Jess in the continuation of the drama “Gilmore Girls,” which returned with four 90-minute episodes. His other television credits include “Heroes,” Frank Darabont’s “Mob City” and “American Dreams.”
Ventimiglia also starred alongside Kevin Costner and Amanda Seyfried in the feature film, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an adaptation of the international best-selling novel by Garth Stein.
Subscribe to Daily Updates and never miss a headline.