Casey Affleck bringing the Josh Hamilton story to the big screen
It doesn’t take a genius to see the compelling biopic inherent in Josh Hamilton’s story: Despite drug and alcohol demons that have occasionally sidelined him, the Rangers slugger may be the best all-around player in Major League Baseball. Who wouldn’t want to watch that movie? Well, Casey Affleck is apparently at work on a script, which Ben’s kid brother is planning to direct as well. According to Deadline.com, Hamilton sold the rights to his story to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures, and it’s being shopped around Hollywood. Hamilton was the former No. 1 pick of the Tampa Bay Rays who became an addict and was suspended by MLB. After several stints in rehab – he met his wife Katie in one of them - he’d recovered enough to get a second chance. He landed with the Rangers and went on to win the 2008 home run derby, the AL MVP in 2010, and has been an All-Star from 2008-’11. So who’d play Hamilton on the big screen? The part’s not been cast yet.