November 29, 2009 in City

Pilot’s story sought for big, small screens

Lindsay-Brown well-known for extreme mountain-biking
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Samuel Lindsay-Brown’s popularity in the sport of extreme mountain-biking led to wide attention when he committed suicide in Spokane County Jail in February.

Since then, Lindsay-Brown’s story has been told in Rolling Stone and in a documentary on a Canadian television program.

Now, actor and director Jason Priestley is looking to bring the young man’s life to the big screen, according to Variety magazine. Lindsay-Brown was facing drug-smuggling charges that could have led to a prison term as long as 40 years.

Priestley has obtained the rights to the story written by Jesse Hyde for Rolling Stone, Variety reported this month.

He plans to work with producers Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev of Nomadic Pictures. They hope to begin filming at the end of next year, according to the magazine.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary program “The Fifth Estate” aired a 45-minute exploration of Brown’s life Nov. 13.

The Canadian television show worked to unseal court documents in several cases authorities believe are related to Lindsay-Brown’s.

A federal judge in Spokane denied the request in one case, that of Leonard J. Ferris.

Wrote Judge Lonny R. Suko: “Law enforcement clearly has an interest in protecting the details of its investigation and prevention of obstructionist activities designed to thwart its efforts and potentially impact others who may be involved.”


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