Once I got over the disappointment in realizing Casey Affleck wouldn’t craft a biopic centered on that Josh Hamilton, his actual endeavor started to click. The story of a drug-addict-turned-MLB star is, rather, what the actor-writer-director has eyed for nearly five months — and, now, it looks as if some big parties are taking interest. This much already makes it a bigger success than I’m Still Here.
Anyhow, Deadline report that Relativity Media have signed a deal to get Affleck working on the currently-untitled picture, expected to be produced by Hamilton, his wife, Thunder Road Pictures, and The Walsh Company. With this, the group (or groups) are hoping to put out an inspirational sports picture that recalls The Blind Side, The Natural, and Walk the Line — the latter is music, but you get the idea — and they might have a story to make it all happen. Easier said than done, of course, though the ascent from washed-up druggie to all-star player and MVP is pretty staggering, whether or not you even like sports.
Now that this is done, we get to anticipate things like casting, and I suspect the lead role will be a hot one around Tinseltown — because of Oscar chances and whatnot, you see. Hey, on that note, can we get Josh Hamilton, actor, to play Josh Hamilton, athlete? Just throwing that out there.
Does Affleck’s project sound like a worthy investment for Relativity?
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