Fortress, Thunder ride wild ‘Bull’

Fortress Entertainment principals Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes will partner with Basil Iwanyk‘s Thunder Road Prods. to produce “Bull,” based on the true story of three celebrated bull riders.

Fortress optioned the life stories of Bobby Delvecchio, an Italian from the Bronx; Charles Sampson, an African American from Watts; and Donnie Gay, an eight-time world champ from Texas. The men are credited with revolutionizing the way professional rodeos attract sponsors.

David Chisholm, whose screenplay “761st” is being developed at Alcon Entertainment, is scripting the pic. He is writing under the supervision of Iwanyk and Thunder Road’s VP of development, Mary Viola.

Forbes and Rizzotti will exec produce. Bonnie Forbes, who brought the project to Fortress, will produce with Iwanyk.

Iwanyk was an executive producer on New Line Cinema‘s “Laws of Attraction” and the 20th Century Fox release “Welcome to Mooseport.” He has first-look deal at Warners.

Fortress, formed earlier this year, funded Raw Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment‘s acquisition of Andy Behrman’s “Electroboy.”

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