Indianapolis firm plans to shoot "500" movie

October 30, 2007

An Indianapolis filmmaking company is preparing to start work on a movie about the first Indianapolis 500, which took place in Speedway in 1911.

My First Bike Productions Director Justin Escue, who graduated from Ball State University and worked in the filmmaking hotbed of Austin, Texas, has lured screenwriter Angelo Pizzo, who wrote "Hoosiers" and "Rudy," to help with the project, according to The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute.

Tentatively dubbed "500," Escue is talking with Terre Haute officials about shooting the movie at Terre Haute Action Track in order to find a setting that approximates the original crude venue in Speedway.

The first race was won by Ray Harroun, although Escue wouldn't discuss the movie plot with the newspaper.

A release date hasn't been determined, but could play off the 2009 centennial of the track being opened for testing or the 2011 centennial of the first race.

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