Buzz Bissinger’s Barbaro July VF Article Already Optioned For Big Screen

Buzz Bissinger‘s article for Vanity Fair on Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro (the one whose cover test marketed higher than Shia LaBoeuf) has been optioned for a movie. Bissinger sold the screen rights to Universal Pictures for a healthy sum; Peter Berg will direct the film.

The interesting thing here is that the issue of Vanity Fair containing Bissinger’s article hit stands barely a week ago; the fact that film rights were snagged this quickly — not to mention having a director named — indicates that there has been a frantic behind-the-scenes process going on here for a while. Bissinger’s book Friday Night Lights undoubtedly gave him quite a bit of experience in the whole movie/television negotiation process. Congrats, Buzz.