It's been a roller coaster ride of a big league career for Josh Hamilton, which is what makes it the perfect story for Hollywood.
From crack addiction to MVP, Hamilton's tale is set to be put into a script by Thunder Road Pictures. The project will be shopped around Tinsel Town with the goal of becoming a major feature film. Deadline.com reports that Casey Affleck will write and direct the Hamilton project which Warner Bros. will get the first shot at before it's pitched around the entertainment mecca.
Hamilton was Bryce Harper before YouTube. He tossed a 96 mph fastball at age 15, was the No. 1 pick by the Rays in the 1999 draft before falling in love with beer and cocaine after his parents were were injured when broadsided by a dump truck during spring training. The film will touch on how he blew his baseball bonus money, in addition to pawning his wife's wedding ring for crack.
It's too early to say who would play Hamilton in the film, but the Rangers star and his wife Katie will co-produce the film, according to Deadline.com.
Hamilton's life story on the big screen will have the mythic quality of 'The Blind Side' combined with the faith-based angle of the same story, mixed in with the romance of 'Walk the Line,' claims producer Basil Iwanyk, who will work with Affleck on the project.
On the field, Hamilton's story is far from complete. At age 31, the Rangers star is set to cash in on a mega free agent contract, assuming he can stay out of trouble. Hamilton missed several games this month with an intestinal virus.
When he's played, he's been the best player in the game. Hamilton had 21 home runs and 56 RBI in Texas' first 50 games. That made him just the sixth player since runs batted in became an official stat in 1920 to reach those minimums in his team’s first 50 games.
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