Willy Vlautin’s Lean on Pete to Be Adapted for the Big Screen
Next year shooting will begin for the adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel Lean on Pete, Andrew Haigh (Weekend and Looking) will be writing and directing the project which tells the story of a homeless fifteen year old who befriends and aging racehorse and sets out to find his only known relative. Haigh will be reunited with his usual producer, Tristian Goligher.
When reading the novel you can not help but care for Charley. Whatever he is faced with he keeps moving forward; he keeps running, working, driving, stealing, dreaming, trying to hold on, believing that something better is around the corner. The story is never sentimental but always compassionate and by the end as we reach it’s conclusion, it is ultimately hopeful. – Andrew Haigh
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table, a high school he can attend for more than part of a year; and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he’s been pretty much on his own for some time.
Lean on Pete opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly the last haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it’s there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he’s forced to try to make his own way in the world.