Hollywood loves animals in general, but it does seem to have a particular thing for horses. I find them to terrifying, unpredictable monsters whose graceful beauty only serves to distract you before they stomp your head in me. But maybe that's just me.
Secretariat did well at the box office, Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama War Horse will tell the story of a man and his love for his war-bound horse, and The Lone Ranger film adaptation will feature plenty of horse action. And now Fox 2000 has acquired the film rights to Mr. Ed, quite possibly due to all the horsing around listed above.
It occurs to me that there are probably a lot of young'uns that aren't familiar with Mr. Ed. Well, he was the star of a self-titled television show that ran from 1961 to 1966. He was a horse that spoke English. Talk about a dynamite concept. How the rights went unpurchased after the smashing critical success of Marmaduke and Beverly Hills Chihuahua is beyond me. In the show, Mr. Ed would basically ramble on and get himself and his owner into trouble by saying something he shouldn't have. If the film is set in modern day, I can't wait to until Mr. Ed weighs in on hot topics like gay marriage and the debt ceiling.