Kate Winslet and Mackenzie Foy are set to star in the feature film update of the classic Anna Sewell novel of the same name, 'Black Beauty'. The film is being written and directed by Ashley Avis. Bolt Pictures and Constantin Film are coming together to produce the feature film, which will mirror the events of the original 1877 book in a contemporary world.
'Black Beauty' is one of the two films that are now in the pre-production phase. Constantin said on Tuesday that it is launching a re-imagined version of the cult horror film 'Wrong Turn', a remake of the West Virginia cannibal cult hit, which was first released by Fox in 2003. Both the films are to be sold by Mister Smith Entertainment.
'Black Beauty' centers around the deep and enduring bond between a 17-year-old girl Jo (played by Foy) and her beloved wild horse who helps her overcome the trauma of her parents' demise. Winslet is all set to voice Beauty the horse. Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer are producing 'Black Beauty' - they teamed together on the 'Resident Evil' franchise and Martin Moszkowicz will be executive producing.
Foy has 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms'. 'Interstellar' and the last two 'Twilight' movies to her credit. The classic equine novel of 'Black Beauty' by Anna Sewell has been previously adapted several times, for both film and television. The most recent adaptation was back in 1994, a version starring Sean Bean and David Thewlis, with Alan Cumming as the voice of the horse.