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Jon Hamm’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ Gets ‘Fright Night’ Director Craig Gillespie

Written by on October 19, 2012 

There’s been some big movement on the Jon Hamm-led drama Million Dollar Arm. Our last report on the project, which came in May, said the Mad Men star would headline this baseball picture penned by Thomas McCarthy — now, there’s a director.

That man, according to Variety, is Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), whose newest assignment is the story of J.B. Bernstein (Hamm), a sports agent responsible for bringing cricket pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel to the United States. After launching a reality show entitled Million Dollar Arm to attract further attention from the professional field, Bernstein came to teach the two how to play baseball and speak English in order to fit into American culture. With enough hard work, Singh and Patel became the first Indian citizens to join the MLB.

Considering his habit of jumping from one genre to the other — lest we forget Mr. Woodcock… — Gillespie isn’t what I’d ever deem “a surprising choice” to helm the project. Not bad, either, and though probably a somewhat-less-than-fascinating possibility for Million Dollar Arm, my initial attraction to the project was (and still remains) Hamm; I’m sure he will kill here, and that much doesn’t change one bit with this news.

Roth Films (Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman) will be producing in conjunction with Mayhem Pictures. No start date has been scheduled yet.

Will Gillespie’s involvement change your outlook on Million Dollar Arm?


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