The Kennedy/Marshall Company has optioned the feature adaptation rights to the breakout documentary It’s Showtime, which premiered in April this year on ITV1 in the UK.

The documentary, made by producer Tania Alexander and Echo Velvet, has been well received by the media.

It’s Showtime follows a group of friends from Darlington in the Northeast of England, whose impulsive decision after one too many drinks to purchase a bargain racehorse that lacks any sort of pedigree takes them on an incredible journey. They name the horse Showtime Mahomes after their favourite American football star, Patrick Mahomes, and much to their surprise – and to the amazement of the elite racing world – the horse starts winning. But beyond its victories, the horse becomes an unexpected catalyst for transformation, offering the lads a fresh outlook on life’s challenges and found family.

“We are thrilled to begin developing this incredible true story for the big screen. It’s the right story for today, bringing heart, humour, and real emotion to this thrilling, against all odds sports story,” says Frank Marshall, who also produced Seabiscuit.

Said Tania Alexander: “Showtime’s journey sees the classic British underdog make good and the power of friendship. We admire Kennedy/Marshall’s prestigious track record and are very excited to see this heart-warming, true story, brought to life for movie audiences.”

Established in 1991 by award-winning producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, The Kennedy/Marshall Company has provided commercially successful and critically acclaimed entertainment to audiences worldwide. Nominated for six Academy Awards, the company, led by veteran producer and director Frank Marshall, is behind this summer’s Twisters and the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise.

Echo Velvet is a London based independent production company that places real-life experiences at the heart of its content, working across television, film, commercial partnerships, and events.

Kennedy/Marshall will produce alongside McKenna Marshall/Marshall Arts. Marshall Arts is an independent production company focused on film, television, podcast, and digital production. Their latest project is a Tubi original feature set to be released later this year. Melissa Goodall will oversee the project for Kennedy/Marshall.

Kennedy/Marshall is represented by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham, with Echo Velvet represented by WME.

Pippa Considine

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