Universal Pictures has tapped Peter Berg to direct Gone Like the Wind, the story of Barbaro the racehorse. According to Variety the film will be based on an article by Buzz Bissinger published in Vanity Fair.
Gone Like the Wind marks the second time Peter Berg has directed a movie based on a Bissinger story. The two are cousins and previously worked together on Friday Night Lights. Berg will also be producing the movie along with Sarah Aubrey.
The 2006 Kentucky Derby winner sustained a significant injury during the Preakness. About 100 yards into the race the jockey heard a noise and immediately pulled up to try to minimize any damage. But Barbaro's injury turned out to be too much for the horse to battle back from. His shattered right hind leg was never able to heal and after eight months of attempting to keep the horse alive and comfortable, owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson and veterinarian Dean Richardson felt the only humane thing to do was to euthanize Barbaro.
There's no word yet on when production will begin on Gone Like the Wind. Berg's latest project, The Kingdom, will hit theaters on September 28, 2007. He's also busy at work on the Will Smith film, John Hancock (formerly Tonight, He Comes).