Wednesday, 30 October 2013


For international readers unfamiliar with Seb Coe, he's the British four-time Olympic gold medallist in middle distance running who turned Member of Parliament and then Lord Coe. He chaired the Operating Committee for last year's London Olympics, so yeh, he's kind of a big deal. Daniel Radcliffe will portray him in Gold, to be directed by Radcliffe's colleague on The Woman in Black, James Watkins. The script has been written by Slumdog Millionaire's Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy and How to Train Your Dragon's Will Davies from Pat Butcher's book The Perfect Distance, focusing on the run-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics and Coe's rivalry with fellow competitor Steve Ovett. It all sounds a bit Chariots of Fire to me, just less inspiring. I don't know whether that's a good or a bad thing. I do know, though, that the fact that it all sounds a bit Chariots of Fire is definitely a bad thing.