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Casey Affleck is directing a movie about Josh Hamilton

Nov 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Actor Affleck arrives at 2nd Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Los Angeles, California Reuters

Back in June we learned that Casey Affleck had committed to write and direct a movie about Josh Hamilton‘s life and now Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that Relativity Media has purchased the rights.

Relativity Media is the studio behind such movies as “Limitless,” “Season of the Witch,” “Shark Night 3D,” “Immortals,” “Haywire,” “Act of Valor,” and “Mirror Mirror.”

Affleck’s only previous directing job was “I’m Still Here,” which was that weird quasi-documentary starring Joaquin Phoenix acting more or less insane.

Hamilton’s story is definitely movie worthy, although considering he just hit the free agent market, is basically mid-career, and has continued to struggle with some off-field issues the timing might be a bit premature.

  1. cltjump - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Read his book. It would make for a heck of a movie. Wish he’d have picked up as WS in TX, though. That WOULD have been a good one.

    • garylanglais - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Interesting dynamic was not addressed in this article.

      Relativity Media bought the rights. Relativity Media owns the newly formed Relativity Sports which is comprised of SFX Baseball, Rogue Sports (NBA) and Maximum Sports Management (NFL).

  2. Carl Hancock - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    It is an interesting story. But yea, losing the World Series two years in a row doesn’t exactly make for a great movie ending.

    • miketreedy - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      It didn’t hurt Moneyball. The A’s didn’t win it all at the end but its was still a good story and movie.

  3. kkolchak - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    “the timing might be a bit premature.”

    Ya think? I would gather the movie will focus how Hamilton struggled to overcome his addiction. But what if he relapses before the movie is released?

  4. shynessismyelguapo - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Ten Baseball Bio-Pics I’d Like to See (off the top of my head):

    1. Larry Doby (no more to be said)
    2. Rick Ankiel (amazing downfall, even more amazing comeback)
    3. Joe Charboneau (one of the craziest people to every play the game)
    4. Pete Rose (he had a scandal in there somewhere, right)
    5. Tony Conigliaro (this one would be depressing)
    6. Roberto Clemente (this one would also be depressing)
    7. Curt Flood (for fighting the power…and losing…but indirectly winning in the end)
    8. Wade Boggs (fried chicken and extra-martial affairs)
    9. Doc Ellis (movie must be watched on LSD)
    10. Lyman Bostock (tragic, awful death)

    • mreezybreezy - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      HBO actually did a pretty dern good documentary of Curt Flood

      Highly recommend

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I suppose with all of the development time Hamilton missed, it should not be surprising that his formidable talents are still a bit raw. I wonder if his relatively advanced age will hinder him from making the adjustments and developing the skills (i.e., laying off breaking balls 3 feet outside) that would really push him into elite territory.

  6. tigers182 - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Hollywood has completely run out of ideas for movies, so they just pick up the newspaper for ideas. Hamilton has a very interesting story, but it isn’t over yet.

    • Old Gator - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      All you gotta do is hook a right on Trigger Street.

  7. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Affleck! Affleck! Wauuuuugggghhhhhh!

  8. Tick - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I honestly don’t see where this guy has earned a bio-pic at this point. There’s a basic bounce back story that’s semi-interesting, but once it gets the Hollywood touch, this is going to end up being a cloying After School Special with Kirk Cameron. He hasn’t done much this season to make himself likable, either.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I hear ya. Couldn’t be less interested in this movie.

  9. cosanostra71 - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Hamilton has a great story, but this movie has bomb written all over it.

  10. miketreedy - Nov 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    This could be become a big distraction for Josh and whatever team signs him. Success sometimes gets to his head and that’s when the problems often begin.

  11. rangermania - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Josh is not worthy of a movie. As his salary jumps his hitting and fielding gets more erratic – according to him because of “physical problems”. There are many more players more worthy of a bio than he and coming from a Rangers fan Josh is not very appreciative of how the club has helped him back. His story is not complete and at this point was drifting downward.

  12. kappy32 - Nov 17, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    As Bart Scott would say… CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  13. jjpileggi - Nov 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    What happened to the Affleck-Damon movie on the Kekich-Peterson swap?

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