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Ross grasps humanity of 'Seabiscuit'

11 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Talk to Gary Ross, the writer-director of Seabiscuit, and he'll tell you the book upon which his new film is based wouldn't have been atop the best-seller list in the United States if it was just about horse racing. That's precisely why those behind the project have donned their blinkers and are coming out of the gates believing the Depression-era sports drama from Universal, DreamWorks and Spyglass Entertainment has a good chance of entering the winner's circle, bucking the odds of its Hollywood predecessors. The film opens today in wide release. Across the board, horse-racing movies have produced very few boxoffice winners. Of the genre's 200 or so films, most have ended up in the also-ran category, with the notable exceptions of National Velvet, Phar Lap, The Black Stallion and A Day at the Races. The story, based on Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: An American Legend, is about three men who come together and take an unlikely horse, Seabiscuit, to amazing victories that inspire a downhearted nation. Ross says he had no trepidation about tapping into the definitive resource of his movie's subject. "(Hillenbrand) knows the story better than I do," says Ross, a longtime horse-racing fan. "She is a custodian for it. I would literally not do anything without Laura's blessing. I'm not afraid of that." »

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