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Mine That Bird Film in the Works

By November 5, 2010

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Mine That Bird photoSecretariat didn't exactly race out of the gate however that's not stopping Hollywood from returning to the racetrack for another film about an extraordinary horse. Kingsborough Pictures just announced production will begin in 2011 on Mine That Bird, the true story of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner.

Mine That Bird is "being considered" to play himself in the film. Seriously, unless he's camera shy - which is doubtful - isn't he the best option? 3-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel is also in the running for a role in the film.

Producer/director Jim Wilson (Head Above Water, Whirlygirl) is helming the film from a script by writer/producer Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker. Kingsborough Pictures has committed to keeping the production in New Mexico which is where Mine That Bird was trained and where his owners reside.

In a press release announcing the film, producer Price Hall stated, "The Bird has clearly inspired people wherever he has run, and time and again he has been called 'everyman's horse', setting a great example for the small guy who can win against all odds if he just sets his mind to it."

Mine That Bird Synopsis:

"The film follows the humorous adventures of a small, crooked-footed horse and his cowboy owners and trainer, who take to the highway in an unlikely bid to win America's premier horse race, The Kentucky Derby. Misfits in the regal world of Kentucky blue bloods, these charming rascals face multiple mishaps and obstacles along the way to the winner's circle."

(Photo of Mine That Bird by Jeff Golden / Getty Images)

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November 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm
(1) Raton Fan says:

Hope they chose to film (at least some of the movie) in Raton. La Mesa Park, where it all began.

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