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The Jackie Robinson movie “42” to open next April 15

Jun 4, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Boseman as Robinson

Just got a press release announcing that the Brian Helgeland film, “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, will open next year on April 15, the anniversary of Robinson’s entry into the big leagues.  They accompanied the announcement with this pic of actor Chadwick Boseman, who will play Robinson. Harrison Ford plays Branch Rickey.

I’m pretty stoked for this, not just because it’s a Robinson story, but because of Helgeland. He did the adaptation for one of my favorite flicks ever: “L.A. Confidential.” Based on how sprawling the book was, it was NOT an easy trick to get it into a workable motion picture, but he pulled it off. People’s lives — especially complex people like Robinson — aren’t always well-suited to the movies either, as a pile of good-but-flawed biopics over the years shows.  Here’s hoping that Helgeland can work that same kind of magic again.

We’re just gonna forget that he also wrote the Kevin Costner disaster “The Postman,” OK?

  1. jimbo1949 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    “Kevin Costner disaster”
    other than Bull Durham and Big Chill, you’re describing a lot of movies.

    • mattyflex - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Whoa there friend. I highly reccomend you watch Mr. Brooks.

      • dexterismyhero - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:01 AM

        Verygood movie…..Dane Cook also….

    • Old Gator - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Well, considering that Costner was deleted from The Big Chill, one could debate the reasons for its success as a marginal impersonation of The Return of the Secaucus Seven over a couple of joints and a bottle of Ripple all night long.

      • mybrunoblog - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Costner was actually in the BIg Chill. The scene early in e movie where the corpse is seeing prepped for the funeral is Costner. His speaking scenes were al cut however and the viewer never see’s his face.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      I happen to love The Untouchables.

      I know that the story is so ridiculously ahistorical that it makes an Oliver Stone film look like the work of Robert Caro, but hey, it’s Brian DePalma and David Mamet.

      A movie by men, for men, if ever there was one…until The Expendables 2 comes out.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 5, 2012 at 3:07 AM

      Dances With Wolves. Masterpiece.

    • nolanwiffle - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      No Way Out is a great flick.

  2. protectthishouse54 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I happened to like Tin Cup as well. And let’s not forget about Field of Dreams. Neither are very realistic films, but they are certainly feel good movies that a bunch of sports junkies can enjoy.

  3. florida76 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Given the large amount of source material out there for decades, it’s unbelievable it took this long for this project. Early in his career, Spike Lee wanted to do a Robinson movie, but seemingly lost interest. Let’s just hope they don’t screw it up, if executed the right way, this could be an Academy Award caliber movie.

    Another baseball bio long overdue is the Roberto Clemente story, I believe that project is under development, with the cooperation of the Clemente family. That’s another potential hit, and compelling story which needs to be told.

  4. sdelmonte - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Harrison Ford is old enough to play Mr. Rickey. Now I feel old too.

    • Lukehart80 - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:17 AM

      Harrison Ford turns 70 next month. Branch Rickey was “only” 65 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

      Han Solo, 70?
      Indiana Jones, 70?

      Holy smokes…

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