Moneyball reminded everyone that baseball is filled with good stories that can become good movies. Josh Hamilton has been one of the best stories in baseball in the past couple years. The Texas Ranger outfielder has battled through a crack addiction and alcoholism to become one of the best players in the game.
Now the younger Affleck wants to write and direct a film about him. Yes, this is the same Casey Affleck that was in the Oceans’ Eleven movies with George Clooney and he also directed I’m Not Here, the fake documentary about Joaquin Phoenix’s career change to rapping.
Hamilton was a baseball genius at 15. He was drafted as the number one overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft and was given $4 million by the Tampa Bay Rays. His parents kept a close eye on him until they were in a car accident that left his mother badly hurt. They went home to North Carolina and Hamilton was left alone for the first time in his life. He started drinking and this lead to his first line of cocaine. He became so addicted that he would hide some coke in his minor league jersey.
He was sent to a clinic by the baseball team and he met his eventual wife there, but it got worse. He eventually was kicked out of baseball, his wife left him and his parents gave up. He was cleaning toilets and living with his grandma, until she caught him and everything changed.
Hamilton’s story is perfect for the silver screen, and if Affleck can show the directing chops of his older brother we have a potential awards contender on our hands. [Deadline]