Vic Armstrong photoEXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Vic Armstrong is back in the director’s chair. The British action helmer has signed to direct true-life equestrian tale The Sunday Horse. The pic is inspired by the story of Debi Connor, a rider from the wrong side of the tracks who overcomes prejudice and a near-fatal accident to become the U.S. champion jumper on a horse that all the experts dismissed as untalented. Written by Fred T. Kuehnert, the movie will be produced by Ronnie Clemmer and co-produced by John Duffy. Casting is set to begin soon, with filming scheduled to begin in Atlanta in late spring. Armstrong is coming off the just-wrapped Left Behind, starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson, about a group of survivors who remain alive after a worldwide catastrophe. The thriller, based on the first of the 16 best-selling faith-based novels written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, is slated for release this year.

Armstrong won a Technical Achievement Award at the 2001 Oscars for his work on stunt technology. Not that the veteran stunt coordinator and director of action sequences for the likes of Terminator 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t also know a thing or two about horses. His father coached UK jumpers for five straight Olympics. Negotiating the Sunday Horse deal on behalf of the film producers was attorney Allan M. Kassirer. Armstrong is repped by Gersh.