Andrew Haigh is to write and direct an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel Lean on Pete as his next film project.
Haigh will reunite with his usual producer Tristan Goligher of The Bureau. Film4 has supported development and the film is set to shoot later in 2016.
Lean on Pete is about Charley Thompson, a 15-year-old who has no stability in his life and ends up homeless in Portland, Oregon, where his best friend is a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. He sets off an a perilous journey to find his only known relative who once lived 1,000 miles away in Wyoming.
Haigh, a former Screen International Star of Tomorrow, told Screen: “When reading the novel you can not help but care for Charley. Whatever he is faced with he keeps moving forward; he keeps running, working, driving