My first book, the true-story sports saga "Kicking Up Dirt", is gearing up at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions' AFFIRM Films, with 'Parental Guidance‘s' Andy Fickman set to direct.
The film is based on the autobiography I wrote for four-time Women’s Motocross Association champion Ashley Fiolek. I met Ashley when Paper magazine commissioned me to write a short article on her. Her story was so amazing I reached out to William Morris agent Kirby Kim who encouraged me to write a book proposal - three months later, we had a deal with Harper Collins. And now, a movie!
From the press release: "Like AFFIRM’s 2011 movie 'Soul Surfer', 'Kicking Up Dirt' tracks the inspirational journey of a female athlete up against the odds. In this case the Oops Doughnuts production will follow Fiolek’s rise to become the youngest WMA champion at age 18, winner of two consecutive X Games gold medals, and the first female factory rider for Honda Red Bull Racing."
Kristin Rusk Robinson and Ian Deichtman (Life As We Know It, TV’s Parenthood) are writing the script.
I'm beyond excited to see Ashley's tale brought to the big screen! She' an amazing woman.