ESPN and Disney are teaming up to bring the action sports excitement of the X-games to the big screen to provide a full 3-D experience. Although the film will feature other athletes like Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medalist Shaun White and skateboarding legends like Bob Burnquist and Danny Way, we here at Top Speed are most excited about the inclusion of Subaru pro driver Travis Pastrana.

Pastrana has made history earning 9 Gold Medals at the X-games. He started out his racing career straddling a two stroke and was the first person to execute a back flip on a motocross bike, an act that jumpstarted the entire freestyle motocross scene. But it doesn’t end there, just last year he did the unthinkable, a double back flip. He also competed in Supermoto, an event that combines off road and track racing and of course Rally behind the wheel of his World Rally Blue WRX.

Press Release:

Rally on film, ESPN and Disney present the X-games in 3-D
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ESPN and Disney will release the first sports-themed 3D film this summer with a special, limited one-week theatrical run starting August 21. ESPN Films will produce and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will distribute X Games 3D the Movie nationwide into digital 3D theaters around the country. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Steve Lawrence (Down the Barrel), the film will use groundbreaking digital 3D techniques to immerse sports fans into the world of action sports and its top stars. Iconic action sports personalities chronicled in the film are: Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way, Ricky Carmichael and Bob Burnquist.

"ESPN is extremely proud to join Disney in bringing the 3D experience to action sports fans," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Films. "The proximity of the cameras to the action combined with the amazing performances by the athletes provides a jaw-dropping, storytelling encounter for fans of all ages."

Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, said, "There is absolutely no sporting event better suited for the Digital 3D medium than X Games. ESPN continues to break boundaries by using digital 3D to put sports fans literally in the center of the action: preparing to launch down the big air ramp with Danny Way, racing downhill on Shaun White’s snowboard and flying through the air in Travis Pastrana’s Rally car. And Disney is proud to add X Games 3D the Movie to its robust, industry-leading slate of 17 other upcoming Disney Digital 3D" releases."

The full-length feature film will capture the drama and spectacle that play out every year at the X Games events and will also tell the stories of the featured athletes showing the sacrifices they make in pursuit of glory and progressing their sport on the industry’s biggest stage.

"I’m excited to be involved with ESPN and Disney on this project," said Shaun White, X Games and Olympic gold medalist. "I think the style of filming will bring something new to viewers."

Featured athletes:

* Shaun White (Skateboard, Snowboard) — Defending X Games Skateboard Vert gold medalist; seven-time Winter X Games Snowboard gold medalist; 2006 Winter Olympic gold medalist
* Travis Pastrana (Moto X, Rally Car Racing) — Fourteen-time X Games medalist, nine of which are gold, for Moto X and Rally Car Racing; X Games 14 Rally Car Racing gold medalist
* Danny Way (Skateboard) — Four-time X Games Skateboard Big Air gold medalist and pioneer of the Big Air ramp
* Ricky Carmichael (Moto X) —X Games 13 Moto X Racing gold medalist; 10-time AMA Motocross Champion; five-time AMA Supercross Champion; 102 AMA Motocross/Lites Wins
* Bob Burnquist (Skateboard) — Four-time X Games Skateboard Vert gold medalist; X Games 13 Big Air gold medalist


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  (182) posted on 05.7.2009

I was also disappointed with what happened roughly two years ago. But at least he was able to retain his medal.

  (177) posted on 05.7.2009

I didn’t notice that Travis Pastrana is there. I was a great fan of his. I first noticed him in year 2006 when he won medals at X Games effect. Although I was disappointed that he was disqualified the year after that. But I’m hoping that he would be able to make it up this year.

  (182) posted on 05.7.2009

Well, that’s something predictable since ESPN is owned by Disney. So why not use both their good points to come up with a great project! I’d do the same if I get the opportunity.

  (180) posted on 05.7.2009

Disney and ESPN have been working very closely ever since. I read from somewhere that they are trying to come up with a sports movie. I hope everything comes out just great.

  (182) posted on 05.7.2009

I think that this would be a very exciting game since its produced by ESPN and Disney!

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