Helmer, producer pact with 'Skibiscuit'
Director Jon Amiel and producer David Foster have made a deal to turn the life of Olympic downhill skier Picabo Street into a feature.
The pair are looking to land a writer and will then take the project to studios. Street will be involved in drafting her remarkable story for the screen. It’s an underdog story that Amiel and Foster are calling “Skibiscuit.”
Born and raised in a hippie commune, Street overcame great odds to become a champion skier. Street won the gold medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but it was uphill from there.
Street shattered her leg into pieces just weeks after the Games. While doctors predicted she would never walk again, Street spent four years retraining herself to walk and ski again. The biggest victory in her life came when she worked her way back and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team once again. Street was just enshrined in the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame.
Aside from making “The Core” together, Amiel and Foster are avid downhill skiers, a fact that weighed heavily with Street when she sold her life rights. Amiel and Foster were introduced to Street by Eric Preston, who’ll be co-producer. David Foster Prods. exec Shane Riches will steer development.