As Josh Hamilton made his recovery from drug and alcohol abuse to American League MVP, writers have noted the Hollywood nature of the “Josh Hamilton story.”
Now, Hollywood is finally taking the Texas Rangers star’s journey to the big screen. Casey Affleck will write and direct a film about Hamilton that will soon be shopped to the film industry, Deadline.com‘s Mike Fleming reports.
Hamilton, his wife Katie and his business manager Steve Reed are among the co-producers for the film, along with Thunder Road Pictures producer Basil Iwanyk.
“I truly think this guy’s story is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read,” Iwanyk told Fleming. “It’s also tailor-made for a movie.
“It has the mythic quality of The Natural, the faith-based angle of The Blind Side, and faith is a major part of our story, and the romance of Walk the Line. Casey has totally captured those elements in his take for the movie.
“It is an extraordinary odyssey that took him from the depths of drug addiction, estrangement from his family, and suspension from baseball to a spectacular rebirth of his life, faith, marriage and major league career.”