With “Seabiscuit” riding high at the box office, network execs are galloping toward a few horse-oriented projects of their own.
The WB has ordered a script from Lions Gate TV and scribe Michael Piller (“The Dead Zone”) that revolves around a girl in her late teens who ends up working with a racehorse.
The project, which also has shades of “National Velvet,” follows the girl — on her own for the first time, having been a ward of the court — and the horse as it grows into a champion.
Rothman-repped Piller is best known for his longtime “Star Trek” involvement, having exec produced “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” He runs and exec produces “Dead Zone” for USA.
Hourlong drama obviously has no relation to “Seabiscuit,” but the movie’s critical raves — and solid first-week showing — presumably made WB execs giddyup and take notice of the horse-centric project.
Fox has been mulling for some time a new take on the most famous TV horse of all times, Mr. Ed. Net execs say the new “Mr. Ed,” penned by Jack Handey, is still in development.