UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE, AND I DO NOT RECEIVE UPDATES ABOUT ITs PRODUCTION. THE MOVIE IS BASED ON THE BOOK, BEAUTIFUL JIM KEY: THE LOST HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S SMARTEST HORSE, BY MIM EICHLER RIVAS.
I’m as eager as you are, but I cannot answer move-related questions. That said, during spring of 2019, I read somewhere that funding for the movie has not yet been secured.
In less than a year, my debut trade book, STEP RIGHT UP: THE STORY OF BEAUTIFUL JIM KEY will be on the shelves and I’ll be in giddy and breathless promotion mode. Daniel Minter is working his magic on illustrations, bringing Doc and Jim to life on the page. I’m revising my author’s note and mulling over possible dedications decisions. My pre-release to-do list is growing. You wouldn’t think I could get more excited.
Then this happened:
Morgan Freeman has been cast as Doc Key in a movie about Beautiful Jim Key, based on the 2005 adult book by Mim Eichler Rivas. MORGAN FREEMAN! Production is set to begin early 2015. Ya know, about the time my book comes out. I don’t know much about movie timelines, but maybe the movie will be out in 2016. I’m ecstatic about their choice of actors. I wonder how they’ll cast the horse?
Of course, it’s a Hollywood film, so I’m anticipating a fair amount of fictionalization for dramatic effect. But, holy moly, what a great way to share the story of Doc and Jim with the world. Let’s all keep fingers crossed that they preserve the heart of the story; it’s all about kindness to animals and to each other.