The word on the street, and by street, I mean a report from Deadline.com, informs us that a movie based on the life of Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been shopped around Hollywood, with Casey Affleck attached to write the script and direct the movie.
If you weren’t made aware of it by the sentence immediately following any mention of Hamilton, the slugger has battled (and sometimes overcome) drug and alcohol addiction to become one of the best hitters in all of baseball. He’s accomplished such a feat through faith, family and an accountability partner who has followed him around on his travels with the baseball team.
One of the people associated with the proposed film said the following, as though purposely trying to make me vomit:
I truly think this guy’ story is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read. 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.
They further ensured I will never visit the cinema to see a Hamilton biopic by saying:
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.
You might sense a touch of bitterness from my writing on this topic, and I suppose it’s true. I’m deeply enraged over my original spec script being completely ignored by producers. My version would’ve been more abstract than the standard linear narrative fare with Hamilton being played by six actors including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, the reanimated corpse of Heath Ledger, Marcus Carl Franklin and Ben Whishaw.