Katherine Brooks to direct 'Freak'

Film based on the life of jockey Julie Krone

Gravity Films has attached Katherine Brooks to direct "Freak," based on the life of jockey Julie Krone.

Brooks also adapted the screenplay from Krone's autobiography, "Riding for My Life," which details her history as the only woman to have won a Triple Crown race (the 1993 Belmont Stakes) and be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Krone is the most successful female jockey of all time, with nearly four thousand career wins and over $90 million in purse earnings.

Gravity Films principal Sophie Watts will produce along with Brooks; John Manulis will executive produce. Shooting is scheduled to begin in April in New York and Michigan.

"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," said Brooks. "I can't relate to winning a Triple Crown race, but I can relate to fighting for an impossible dream."

Brooks, who is repped by Surpin, Mayersohn & Edelstone, has directed the films "Loving Annabelle" and "Waking Madison," and episodes of the TV series "The Osbournes."
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