Katherine Brooks‘ name was in the air yesterday — or, well, it was in every single Hollywood trade. The much-adored director of Loving Annabelle has been attached to a biopic about female jockey Julie Krone for some time, and yesterday we found out that casting is finally underway. The film will begin shooting in Michigan and New York in April.
Julie Krone is the first female jockey to win a triple crown race (Belmont Stakes, 1993), and the only female jockey to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 2000, she became the first woman to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and rightly so: Krone racked up 4,000 wins and $90 million in purse earnings during her illustrious career.
Katherine Brooks is not only directing the biopic, she’s adapting the screenplay from Krone’s autobiography, Riding For My Life, in which Krone says of herself: "As an athlete, I have an insurmountable amount of desire. I’m ruthless … self-assured, and almost always unbeatable."
Cocky! (I approve.)
About Krone, Brooks said, "Julie is a freak of nature, and although I admire her accomplishments in racing, it is her personal triumphs that drew me to the project. I can’t relate to winning a Triple Crown race, but I can relate to fighting for an impossible dream."
And speaking of freaks, the film was originally called The Boys Club, but the new working title is apparently Freak.
Sophie Watts, Brooks’ partner at Gravity Films, will produce the movie. We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.
Who’s excited to see Katherine Brooks back in action, at the helm of an epic sports story?