Simon Beaufoy - the man best known for writing The Full Monty - has completed a screenplay about former Olympic rivals Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe.
Sheffield-raised Coe and Ovett dominated middle distance running in the late 1970s and ’80s - with their rivalry coming to a head at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Mr Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his screenplay of Slumdog Millionaire, said it was ‘a brilliant story’ with a ‘perfect end’.
“They were the biggest threat to each other and they never wanted to find out who was best,” he said. “I hadn’t realised how good the story is until you dig into their past.”
No casting has been announced for the film but it is expected to be called Second is Nowhere or The Perfect Distance.