Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Justin Lin To Produce Adaptation Of Sundance Doc ‘Battered Bastards Of Baseball’

Shopping for…

Yeah, we saw this coming…. earlier this week we posted our review of the Sundance documentary, “Battered Bastards Of Baseball,” and within, our own Katie Walsh declared, “you will start fantasy casting the near-inevitable Hollywood remake of this story.” And indeed some studio execs are already doing just that.

Justin Lin has acquired the rights to Chapman and Maclain Way’s documentary, with the project already starting a war between Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight and DreamWorks for the option. What has them all excited? Well, it’s a rough and tumble baseball tale about Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) and how he founded the independent Portland Mavericks team, and with savvy recruiting of fading big league players and an emphasis on fun, turned the sport into a mega-hit in a state were it wasn’t thought it could be successful. He essentially beat Major League Baseball at their own game, and while the ride was good, it didn’t last for long. Filmmaker Todd Field (“In The Bedroom”) was a batboy for the team, and in fact, he is in negotiations to write and direct the Hollywood adaptation for Lin.

Basically, this story is dripping with colorful players, a wild, fight-the-system story, and a love of the game. It’s easy to see why execs are excited. In case anyone needs help in casting, Katie Walsh suggested: “Bradley Cooper as manager Frank Peters, Ben Affleck plus a couple of pounds and several dozen loud shirts as Bing, Aaron Eckhart as disgraced former Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton, John Cho, Michael Peña, Michael B. Jordan as the hot shot players.”

Repoz Posted: January 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: media

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4646293)
If you film it,

they will come.
   2. bobm Posted: January 25, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4646299)
Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell)


and grandfather of Matt Franco
   3. Tricky Dick Posted: January 25, 2014 at 06:51 PM (#4646337)
Jim Bouton was a "disgraced" former Yankees pitcher?
   4. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 25, 2014 at 06:58 PM (#4646338)
Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell)

two things I didn't know about Mr. Hawn
-he was a switch-hitter

-he wasn't a half-bad minor league player (but absolutely NO power--2 dingers in > 400 PAs)
   5. boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: January 25, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4646347)
and grandfather of Matt Franco

So...great-grandfather of James Franco and Dave Franco then?
   6. Scott Ross Posted: January 25, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4646384)
Jim Bouton was a "disgraced" former Yankees pitcher?

Cut her some slack, she covers film, not baseball.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
HowardMegdal
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogStar-Telegram: Could Cricket Come to Texas?
(13 - 2:23pm, Jul 02)
Last: Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel

Newsblog7-2-2015 OMNICHATTER
(33 - 2:23pm, Jul 02)
Last: Spahn Insane, cowering in fear of home run balls

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - July 2015
(228 - 2:23pm, Jul 02)
Last: Tom Cervo, backup catcher

NewsblogDeford: All-Star Games Are Worthless If The Players Are Not All-Stars
(87 - 2:23pm, Jul 02)
Last: Nineto Lezcano needs to get his shit together (CW)

NewsblogOTP - July 2015: Winning the Political Game: Politics is More Like Baseball Than Football
(399 - 2:22pm, Jul 02)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogJerry Dipoto out, Mike Scioscia has the power for Los Angeles Angels | FOX Sports
(22 - 2:20pm, Jul 02)
Last: JAHV

NewsblogTop international prospects signing breakdown | MLB.com
(14 - 2:18pm, Jul 02)
Last: You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR)

NewsblogDavid Wright gives Mets the update they’ve been hoping for | New York Post
(15 - 2:08pm, Jul 02)
Last: Adam Starblind

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-2-2015
(38 - 1:50pm, Jul 02)
Last: The District Attorney

NewsblogGiants To Sign Lucius Fox
(7 - 1:48pm, Jul 02)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogMassarotti: Celebrate Your Independence… From The 2015 Red Sox « CBS Boston
(9 - 1:47pm, Jul 02)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogNats to introduce Calvin Coolidge as latest Racing President - The Washington Post
(69 - 1:25pm, Jul 02)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOT: Soccer June 2015
(885 - 12:48pm, Jul 02)
Last: ursus arctos

NewsblogOT: 2015 NHL Playoff thread
(836 - 12:48pm, Jul 02)
Last: zack

NewsblogMarlins' Jose Fernandez Returns Following 13-Month Layoff - The New York Times
(10 - 12:45pm, Jul 02)
Last: Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim

Page rendered in 0.1751 seconds
48 querie(s) executed