Evel Knievel is legendary stuntman Eddie Braun’s childhood hero. As a professional stuntman for years, he decided to re-create the infamous Snake River Canyon rocket jump that almost killed Evel Knievel in the documentary Stuntman.
The dangerous stunt at Snake River Canyon in Idaho, attempted by Evel Knievel on September 8, 1974, was a failure with his specially engineered rocket motorcycle. His parachute malfunctioned during take-off and he ended up landing at the bottom of the canyon. Evel Knievel got a fan ovation for trying and he died in 2007.
Now decades later, stuntman Eddie Braun attempts this dangerous stunt at the same location on September 16, 2016, in a rocket motorcycle built by the son of the man who built the original rocket motorcycle. The vehicle was named “Evel Spirit” in Evel Knievel’s honor.
Here’s the official synopsis of Stuntman:
The documentary film follows legendary stuntman Eddie Braun as he attempts one of the most dangerous stunts in history. Contemplating retirement and having survived over three decades of hellacious car crashes, explosions, high falls, and death-defying leaps, Eddie decides to complete what his childhood hero never finished—the infamous Snake River Canyon rocket jump—an audacious televised event that almost killed famed daredevil, Evel Knievel.
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Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia produced the film with Kurt Mattila as the director. Scott Truax is the son of the NASA rocket scientist and built “Evel Spirit.” Also, the film features new music from rock icon Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) and a score by Jeremy Zuckerman (Avatar: The Last Airbender).
The ninety-five-minute documentary film streams on Disney+ on Friday, July 23.
Check out the trailer and poster for Stuntman below. Let us know what you think.