Let the debates begin: Should James Franco play Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton in the film version of his life? Or perhaps Andrew Garfield, who's about to get a big boost from the new Spider-Man?
Or what about Casey Affleck, who is supposed to write and direct the film?
Indeed, some curious news out of Hollywood tonight. According to a report on Deadline.com, Hamilton has partnered with producer Basil Iwanyk (The Town, Clash of the Titans) and his company Thunder Road Pictures on a film that will tell the story of Hamilton's descent into addiction, and subsequent recovery and triumph on the baseball field.
Deadline quotes Iwanyk saying: I truly think this guys story is one of the most inspiring stories Ive ever read. Its 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."
Affleck (whose only other directorial credit is the quasi documentary I'm Still Here starring his pal Joaquin Phoenix) is attached as writer and director. It's not clear if he also intends to play Hamilton. According to the report, the project will be shopped to studios in the next week or so, with Warner Bros. getting first crack at it. Assuming one of the studios bites, the development process would formally commence.
No word on how closely Hamilton will be involved in the film, or the financial terms of the deal. We'll update when we learn more.
Curiously, Affleck is associated with another North Texas-centric project as an actor: Beginning in July, he'll begin shooting Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which is to be directed by Dallas filmmaker David Lowery. One of the producers of that film is Fort Worth's James Johnston, who owns the Spiral Diner with his wife Amy McNutt.