Two DeLorean Children Each Creating a Biopic About Their Father

March 1, 2010  |  10:00am

For most Americans, the word “DeLorean” conjures happy memories of time travel, adventure and the cooky Dr. Emmett L. Brown in the Back to the Future trilogy. Now, it’s also the subject of a family feud of sorts, as both Kathryn and Zachary DeLorean embark on separate projects to commemorate their father’s automobile legacy.

Kathryn is busily trying to tell her father’s story, joining with producers from three studios to create a tribute film of sorts. “We felt this was the team to tell the right story the right way,” she said in a statement. “This is the definitive John DeLorean movie. We wanted to ensure my father’s story was handled properly; the headlines do not begin to tell the tale.”

Her brother, Zachary (executor of the DeLorean estate), has teamed up with Alex Holmes of the BBC series Dunkirk to also make a film. And the DeLorean film fever has spread to non-family members, too, as Youth in Revolt producer David Permut and Rush Hour director Brett Ratner also have something in the works.

DeLorean, who died of a stroke in 2005 at age 80, started the DeLorean Motor Company in 1975, only to watch it go bankrupt in 1982. Known for its distinctive wing-like doors, the company turned out 9,000 DMC-12 cars to the tune of $25,000 each (which translates to roughly $60,000 today).

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