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.
Several people have asked about the Beautiful Jim Key movie, and I am happy to share the very little that I know.
The forthcoming movie, tentatively titled Beautiful Jim Key, is based on the adult book titled Beautiful Jim Key: The Lost History of a Horse and a Man Who Changed the World, by Mim Eichler Rivas. Screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot) will be making his directorial debut. Hopefully, it will be family-friendly.
And, hold onto your seats….Morgan Freeman has been cast as Doc! Yes, I’m serious! When the announcement was made in 2014, it was estimated that production would begin in 2015. I’ve since learned that production companies are very tight-lipped about these things, so who knows what the status is now.
There’s a rumor that Lukas, the rescued Thoroughbred—now a Guinness record-holding, skilled horse—might play Jim. I haven’t found confirmation.
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. Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness will be a great companion book. Let’s all keep fingers crossed that they preserve the heart of the story.
Here are just a few of the articles announcing the movie.