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Friday, November 16, 2012

Casey Affleck At Bat For Slugger Josh Hamilton Biopic

Chasing amy is one thing…the dragon is another.

The same can no longer be said for his incredible life story, which has been acquired and will be turned into a feature film by Relativity Media. Relativity has closed a rights deal with Hamilton, along with a deal for Casey Affleck to write and direct. Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk will produce along with The Walsh Company’s Kevin Walsh. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena will executive produce and Hamilton and his wife Katie will co-produce along with Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed. Relativity has also closed a deal for rights to the book that Hamilton co-authored, Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back.

Back in June, I wrote about this feature package that Iwanyk and Affleck were trying to build around Hamilton. I am a sucker for those inspirational sports films from The Blind Side to The Rookie and Brian’s Song and there is certainly one to be made about rising from the depths of addiction. While the landscape is littered with addiction casualties from Whitney Houston on down, Hamilton reminds me of a number of exceptional people like Robert Downey Jr, who after wrestling their demons have accomplished the admirable feat of realizing the potential of their outsized gifts. For Hamilton, this meant overcoming a crack cocaine addiction to become one of the most feared sluggers in baseball, something that seemed impossible when Hamilton was so rock bottom that his wife kicked him out of the house, and he was relegated to cleaning toilets and mowing the grass at a baseball training facility.

My, how that left handed swing fit in with the short right field fence in Yankee Stadium. And the Yankees seem like they will need a right fielder. I wish Affleck well with this project, but let’s hope the Boston-bred actor-turned writer/director doesn’t fill Hamilton’s head with Fenway propaganda, because Hamilton sure would look good in pinstripes. Maybe Hamilton stays in Texas where he resurrected his career. But if he can keep on the straight and narrow, Hamilton would put on a display of power not seen in the Bronx since the days of Mickey Mantle.

Repoz Posted: November 16, 2012 at 06:10 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Xander Posted: November 16, 2012 at 07:15 AM (#4304066)
Cool. Will watch.
   2. Rants Mulliniks Posted: November 16, 2012 at 07:38 AM (#4304070)
It would probably be a better movie if Affleck were to wait for Hamilton's inevitable crash and burn.
   3. shoelesjoe Posted: November 16, 2012 at 09:01 AM (#4304094)
Casey Affleck is a decent actor, but he hasn't exactly made a name for himself behind the camera. Chances are overwhelming that this doesn't happen, and even if it did Affleck probably won't end up writing & directing.
   4. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 16, 2012 at 09:06 AM (#4304098)
It's a little early for the biopic thing, right? The guy's only 31.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: November 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM (#4304204)
I couldn't imagine being an active player and allowing such a movie to be released. Or encouraging it.
   6. OsunaSakata Posted: November 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4304256)
Someone here posted a combined fictionalized treatment of Josh Hamilton and Rick Ankiel. Not combining them into one person, but having them be friends and cross paths frequently. That was entertaining.
   7. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4304298)
Hamilton's is truly one of the most fascinating stories in baseball history, IMO. The incredible thing is that he missed his development stage but became an MVP type player anyway. That is unreal.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM (#4304302)
It would have been a true Hollywood ending if Darren Oliver had gotten the Cards in order in the 10th in game 6 of 2011.
   9. Ray (RDP) Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM (#4304308)
It would have been a true Hollywood ending if Darren Oliver had gotten the Cards in order in the 10th in game 6 of 2011.

Or if Ron Washington was competent at his job. Washington can't manage, and that's something of an obstacle in his line of work.
   10. dr. scott Posted: November 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM (#4304316)
For a second i thought they watned Affleck to play Hamilton.... that would be odd.
   11. phredbird Posted: November 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4304554)
It would have been a true Hollywood ending if Darren Oliver had gotten the Cards in order in the 10th in game 6 of 2011.

well, maybe. depends on how good a screenwriter you get. let's spitball this.

first 4/5 of the movie is all about his travails, get some hardcore shooting up scenes, then hitting bottom, then rehab blah blah blah, so you know he's done an inspirational thingy

leading up to the final segment, WS 2011.

seesaw battle over 5 games, yada yada, then josh comes up in the late innings and conks the homer that everybody thinks seals it. then the bottom falls out. josh in the dugout with his buddies, slack jawed as they watch freese do his thing.

after the game, he trudges to the hotel. as he walks through the lobby to the elevators, he sees the hotel bar. he stops in front. long shot of him looking in the bar, looking a little worn around the edges. the camera pans to the bartender setting up a shot for somebody ... he starts toward the entrance ... then ... one of his buddies, walking by, says something like 'see you tomorrow, bro' ... hamilton waves him off, takes another half-step ... then ... veers to the elevator and gets in ... the doors close as the camera moves in on his grim determined visage ... music swells....

   12. Walt Davis Posted: November 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM (#4304599)
I couldn't imagine being an active player and allowing such a movie to be released. Or encouraging it.

Yeah, Hamilton never should have written and directed this movie. :-)

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