The This Is Us star will star in and executive produce Evel, telling the story of the larger-than-life 1970s daredevil as he prepares for his greatest death-defying feat, the historic Snake River Canyon jump. This will be the first scripted series based on Knievel's life. George Eads played Knievel in a 2004 TNT TV biopic, while George Hamilton portrayed him in the 1977 film Viva Knievel! Ventimiglia is expected to begin filming in 2020, but an episode count hasn't been confirmed. “USA Network is known for big event series that celebrate heroes, rebels and icons, and what could be bigger than the story of one of the greatest thrill seekers of all time?” said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks USA Network and Syfy for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, adding that "the incredible life and journey of Evel Knievel lends itself to a dramatic retelling."