Adaptation lands McConaughey for lead…

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey has closed a deal to star in an adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book, ‘Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen.’

The 2009 book tells of how McDougall, an award-winning journalist and often-injured runner, headed for Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons to find out how the reclusive Tarahumara Indians honed the ability to run hundreds of miles without rest or injury.

Matthew Michael Carnahan (‘State of Play,’ ‘Lions for Lambs,’ ‘World War ‘) is penning the script, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mickey Liddell, and Deb Newmyer producing.

A previous attempt to bring the bestseller to the big screen was set up with actor Peter Sarsgaard behind the camera and Jake Gylenhaal, his brother-in-law, expected to star. However, that iteration of the project never made it out of development.