OKLAHOMA CITY – River Rock Entertainment, LLC has acquired the motion picture rights to the novel “60 Feet Six Inches and Other Distances from Home: the (Baseball) Life of Mose YellowHorse” by Todd Fuller.
Published by Holy Cow! Press in 2002, “60 Feet Six Inches” tells the story of Mose YellowHorse, the first Indian to play major league baseball. The book chronicles his bittersweet childhood, his transient career in baseball, his 15-year bout with alcoholism, and his eventual restoration to a place as a beloved elder in the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.
Fuller is currently writing the screenplay adaptation with his wife and writing partner, Randi LeClair. Mark Marshall will produce with brother and River Rock co-founder, Mike Marshall.
“Todd’s book captured the life of Mose YellowHorse in a unique and powerful way,” Mark said. “There are strong themes of overcoming personal tragedies and redemption, themes which Mike and I believe will resonate deeply with audiences worldwide.”
“One of the joys of this business is the interaction with truly creative people like Randi and Todd,” Mike said. “We look forward to working with them to bring Mose’s inspirational story to the big screen.”
Mark began his career in 1978 as a production assistant for Lucasfilm Ltd. on such films as “More American Graffiti,” “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In 1984, he joined Amblin Entertainment as personal assistant to Steven Spielberg, earning credits on “The Goonies” and “The Color Purple.” Throughout the ’90s, Mark served as a producer on all three movies in the “Free Willy” series. He has also supervised post-production on films ranging from “Assassins” and “Message in a Bottle” to Billy Crystal’s “61*” for HBO and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the first in the Harry Potter franchise for Warner Bros.
Mike has been involved in Oklahoma television for more than 20 years as a production manager and field producer. He has produced more than 200 hours of educational programming for broadcast and has co-produced a number of documentary projects. He is currently supervising production on the River Rock productions, “Soldiers of Misfortune: The Sultana Disaster” and “Driving Force: Cyrus Avery and the Creation of Route 66.”
In the spring, River Rock Entertainment partnered with veteran Hollywood television producer, Jim Michaels (“Everybody Hates Chris”), in the development of two theatrical films.
In addition to being a published author, Fuller is the president of Pawnee Nations College in Pawnee, Okla.
LeClair is a writer and actress, appearing in the independent film, “American Indian Graffiti.” She is currently a graduate student in the University of Oklahoma’s Master of Professional Writing Program.