‘Eraced’ Brings Back Black Racing Legend Wiggins on Screen

The life of the racing legend Charles ‘Charlie’ Wiggins is coming on screen in form of a biopic. Based on the inspirational life story of the amazing African-American racer from the ‘20s and ‘30s era, the feature film, titled Eraced, is being created by Madison Leigh and Ed Welburn under the banner of their own company ‘Welburn Media Productions’.

The Production

For the first time in the industry, the production of the film involves hi-tech brand collaborations from Firestone and INDYCAR. While Firestone will be a production partner from the beginning of the development of the film, INDYCAR will provide support in the physical production and post-production stages. Producers are planning an upcoming date in spring 2022 for starting the production of the much-awaited biopic.

The Story

Set against the vibrant backdrop of the bootleggers from the prosperous ‘20s and Depression-struck ‘30s, along with the birth of the musical phenomenon Jazz, the film Eraced chronicles Wiggins’s life journey through his struggles and triumphs. The screenplay was written by Reagan & Gorbachev famed B. Garida, Bronze famed Courtney Gay Wilson, and Raphead Response famed Madisun Leigh herself. It was inspired by a documentary that won an Emmy and an original book, titled For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African American Racing Car Circuit. Todd Gould wrote and produced both the book and the film respectively.

Life of the Legend

In his early career, Wiggins got barred repeatedly from the then white-dominated racist racing events. Then between 1926 and 1935, he eventually won the prestigious annual Gold and Glory Sweepstakes four times. He gradually became a leading star of the parallel Colored Speedway Association. Wiggins’s career was tragically cut short by a racing accident, which cost him a leg. But the tragedy could never dampen his mighty spirit. Now, this racing legend is inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit.

James Bond’s Vanishing Aston Martin Is Real

James Bond had the coolest gadgets and we could not stop talking about them. They would get him out of the craziest situation with such suave and you could not help but ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over it. But the coolest one among them was Vanquish, the Aston Martin that the 007 agent drove in Die Another Day. However, we all knew that it was all fiction, back then. But what if we told you that the vanishing car exists in real life too?

Not So Realistic

Daniel Craig took his final bow with No Time To Die as the James Bond. And people will always remember his films as more realistic. However, realism was not the best way to describe the 2002 film Die Another Day. Even Chris Corbould, the veteran special effects supervisor for about 15 Bond movies said that they took it too far with the inept CGI of the famous (more like infamous) invisible car. In an interview, Corbould said that he wasn’t very keen on it either but went along with creating the CGI for the Aston Martin anyway.

The Irony

As crazy as the idea of a vanishing car may be, the technology of invisibility was based on reality. It was inspired by some work done by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). DERA may be defunct now but it was part of the UK’s Ministry of Defence. Scriptwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade had made this discovery as they were researching for this film.

When Reel Become Real

Corbould has always found it amusing to see how reality eventually replicates the gadgets used in the James Bond films. BAE Systems is one of the largest defense and aerospace contractors in the world. They are working on this very invisibility technology. Alongside the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, they aim to create a system known as Adaptiv, which will be used on tank fleets.