Long before steroid sluggers, Hank Aaron held the most important record in American sports. Soon, Aaron's breaking of Babe Ruth's career home run record will get the Tinseltown treatment.
Barry Levinson, who helped bring the iconic 1984 baseball move "The Natural" to life, has added his name to the project. Additionally, big name writer Adam Mazer, who also helped develop the Robert Redford film with Levinson, will work to bring Aaron's story to life.
The Hollywood Reporter passes along that producers Mike Tollin and Glenn Rigberg scored the movie rights to Howard Bryant's book "The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron." The biopic will key in on Aaron's life between 1972 and 1974, as he knocked the Bambino's 714 home runs out of the top slot in baseball's record books.
America was a much different place in those days, Aaron dealt with a number of racist fans who didn't want him breaking Ruth's record because of his skin color. Despite death threats, Aaron broke the mark.
After playing for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues, Aaron debuted in the Major Leagues in 1954, then spent the next 23 seasons slamming home runs for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers.
"This was a difficult time in my life, but I'm confident we can all learn a little something from looking back at those times,” Aaron told the Hollywood Reporter.
Aaron, 78, will have a consulting role in the film.
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