Jim Wilson has worked tirelessly for the past three years and spent around $8 million so far, but he is still determined to turn 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's story into a movie.
At a news conference at Sunland Park Dec. 5, Wilson said that the movie, “50-1“, has entered the editing and scoring stage, and he is hopeful of a 2013 release date.
Wilson said that a crew will shoot race footage this weekend at Sunland, where Mine That Bird used the Borderland Derby as a stepping stone to that year's Kentucky Derby.
Wilson, the Academy Award-winning producer of “Dances With Wolves,” said the movie is up against long odds of its own, since the movie studios he approached about it weren't interested.
“Nobody wanted “50 to 1″, ” he said, noting the recent failure of HBO's track-based “Luck” and the lackluster box-office results of Disney's 2010 movie “Secretariat”.
“Hollywood is a really tough town,” he added. “They do not want another horse story.”
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