Warner Bros. Pictures and screenwriter Jamie Linden have teamed together to tell the saga of downhill ski racer Bill Johnson, the 1984 Olympic gold medallist who lost his memory in a devastating crash during a comeback bid.

Variety reports that the studio has bought the rights from Johnson and his family. The film is yet to be titled.

Johnson, who took on the motto "ski to die," rose to celebrity status after flying down the slopes of Sarajevo during the 1984 Winter Olympics and becoming the first American to win gold in downhill. Unable to win another big race, he found himself bitter and divorced at age 40, when he attempted his comeback.