NASCAR Images and CMT Films will produce the only authorized documentary on Dale Earnhardt to be released theatrically, on television and later on DVD.
Titled Dale, the film will premiere in selected cities on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit beginning in February 2007 to coincide with the beginning of the Nextel Cup season. Dale will then debut on CMT in third quarter of 2007 and be released on DVD following the CMT premiere.
Narrated by actor and racing enthusiast Paul Newman, Dale will include archival race footage, rare outtakes, never-before-seen family home videos and interviews with his closest friends and family, toughest competitors and most avid fans to illustrate the depth of Earnhardt’s influence in the racing world and beyond.
“Dale’s legendary persona inspired people who had never even met him,” says his wife Teresa Earnhardt, “and this film will keep inspiring those who see it and help to carry on his legacy.”
Dale is the second film produced under the CMT Films banner. The first, Toby Keith’s Broken Bridges, will debut in theaters this fall with a fourth-quarter 2006 release on CMT and DVD.