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Jesse Owens biopic in the works by Disney

Jesse Owens

FILE -- In this Aug. 14, 1936, file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. It is “difficult” for IOC President Thomas Bach to accept that a gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics will go on auction and possibly be bought by a private collector. The medal, one of four golds that Owens won at the Berlin Games in front of Adolf Hitler, is “a part of world heritage,” Bach said Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

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The story of Jesse Owens, including his triumph in the face of Adolf Hitler and Nazism at the 1936 Olympics, is being made into a Disney film.

The yet-to-be-titled project is based on Jeremy Schaap‘s book “Triumph,” according to reports.

David Seidler, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech,” is set to write the screenplay.

Owens won a then-record four gold medals at the Berlin 1936 Olympics in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump.

One of his gold medals from those Games was recently auctioned for a record sum.

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