Though the latest follow-up to the Oscar-nominated film is still in its development stages – the film still hasn’t been given a formal title – cameras were already rolling at the Red Bull Catalina Grand Prix. Director Dana Brown, son of the original “On Any Sunday” director Bruce Brown, brought a film crew to the California island for the first Catalina Grand Prix since 1958.
“We had a great, great shoot this weekend. The racers and fans were fantastic, the racing was exciting and backdrops of Catalina and Avalon were just perfect,” says Brown. “We could not have picked a better event to begin shooting the next ‘On Any Sunday’ film!”
The project is still early enough in development that it hasn’t yet secured funding. For the Catalina Grand Prix, Brown secured sponsorship from Bel-Ray, Hinson Clutches, Kawasaki, KTM, Motion Pro Tools, Red Bull, Resource Marketing, Troy Lee Designs and Yamaha. The sponsorships helped pay for a crew of 17, a helicopter, POV riders, and other expenses.
“For these companies to believe in the potential for what this movie could be and just jump in to help, makes me even more confident that this is the right project for us to work on … Thank you!” says Brown.
Filming will continue through 2011 at other as-yet undetermined locations. The film is slated for a 2012 launch.
“The sport has changed a lot in the 40 years since my dad’s first movie and I plan on giving the audience the best of what they expect and the unexpected as well,” says Brown. “What hasn’t changed however, are the great people involved in motorcycling and that is why I am here.”
The original “On Any Sunday” was released in 1971 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1972 for documentary feature. It featured actor Steve McQueen and top motorcycle racers such as Malcolm Smith and Mert Lawwill. A sequel was released in 1981, directed by Ed Forsyth and Don Shoemaker and featured Bob Hannah, Larry Huffman and Kenny Roberts. Brown directed two follow-ups, “On Any Sunday: Revisited” in 2000 and “On Any Sunday: Motocross, Malcolm, & More” in 2001.