EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Christopher McDougall’s next book, Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero out on Oct. 15 from Knopf, has been scooped up by Netflix. Randall Green, who writes on Showtime’s Billions, has been tapped to adapt.
Book follows McDougall’s family adopting a rescue donkey that had been kept isolated and unattended in an animal hoarder’s barn in rural western Pennsylvania. When a mutual friend delivered Sherman to the McDougall’s farm, the donkey was on death’s door: He had infected sores all over his bloated body and hooves grown as long and curled as witch’s nails. The McDougalls taught Sherman how to be a donkey again, how to run, and then how to race. The story culminates in Sherman competing with his human and donkey buddies in a race in the Rockies that’s both grueling and hysterical.
Running with Sherman is in early development as a feature at the streamer.
Green produced and co-wrote Netflix’s A Perfect Date (48M views in first 4 weeks) and he did production rewrite on the Fox Animation feature Spies in Disguise opening on Christmas Day. Green is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
Trained as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola before writing his international bestseller, Born to Run which has sold over 3 million copies. McDougall also created the Outside magazine web series, Art of the Hero. McDougall is repped by InkWell Management.