Revolver Entertainment’s Gunslinger production arm is planning a film based on the life story of bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean.
McLean, also known as ‘The Guv’ner’, rose from humble beginnings in Hoxton, East London to become a boxer, bouncer, bare-knuckle fighter, actor, accused murderer and family man.
The project will be based on Peter Gerrard’s book The Guv’nor Tapes, which has exclusive interviews with McLean and those close to him.
Paul Van Carter (Feltham) is writing the screenplay with Martin Askew, Lenny McLean’s nephew who has also contributed to the screenplays for Snatch and Rock’n’Rolla.
The biopic is as-yet untitled and no cast has been announced.
Producers are McLean’s son Jamie McLean with Revolver’s Justin Marciano and Nick Taussig.
Lenny McLean is also known for his appearance in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; he died in 1998 at the age of 49.
“McLean’s story typifies the sheer brutality of growing up in the East End of London through the post-War years, but it is also the journey of a man who finds redemption through the hellish world of bare-knuckle fighting,” said Revolver CEO Justin Marciano. “We’re honored to have the family and the talent of Paul and Martin behind it.”