Jockey Calvin Borel Eyed for Role in Biopic of Mine That Bird

Oscar winner Jim Wilson will direct from a script by Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker

Oscar-winning producer Jim Wilson ("Dances With Wolves") plans to direct a biopic of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Mine That Bird was a longshot who overcame 50-to-1 odds to triumph at the 2009 race. 

It's possible that Mine That Bird could star as himself, while his charismatic jockey Calvin Borel is also reportedly being considered for a role in the film. Borel made headlines over the weekend for his involvement in a fistfight with another jockey at the Breeders' Cup.

Mine That Bird, who is often called "Everyman's Horse," was a 50-to-1 longshot who was in last place for much of the race before Borel guided the horse along the rail in order to overcome the odds and take the lead. Mine That Bird won the Derby with the greatest margin of victory since 1946, making his surprise victory the second-biggest upset in the history of the race.

Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker will write and produce the picture, while Kingsborough Pictures president Pieter Kroonenburg will also produce, along with Price Hall, Tony Mark, Earl Robinson, Liz Servis, Nick Ward and Rick Morse.

The producers have committed to shoot the majority of the movie in New Mexico using local crews and talent whenever possible. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in February.