"Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg is expected to direct "Gone Like the Wind," a Universal project about the late horse Barbaro.
Like "Friday Night Lights," "Gone Like the Wind" is based on the writing of Buzz Bissinger, in this case an article from the August issue of Vanity Fair.
Berg, who just so happens to also be Bissinger's cousin, will direct and produce through his Film 44 shingle, according to Variety.
Barbaro was the runaway winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, a decisive ride that had many pundits predicting a possible Triple Crown. Instead, Barbaro shattered his leg early in the Preakness. For eight months, Barbaro's team -- owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson and trainer Michael Matz -- plus veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson fought to keep the horse alive. It's expected that Berg's film will focus on the humans who loved Barbaro in his eight-month post-race fight for life.
In addition to co-writing and directing 2004's "Friday Night Lights" (and executive producing the NBC drama of the same name), Berg directed the upcoming action drama "The Kingdom." Both films were released through Universal.
Berg is currently directing "Tonight, He Comes" with Will Smith and Charlize Theron.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times