Casey Affleck is set to pen and direct a biopic of famed baseball slugger Josh Hamilton for Thunder Road Pictures and The Walsh Company says Deadline.
A bonafide prodigy at 15, Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a then record $4 million.
After a car accident, he ended up living on his own for the first time and didn’t handle it well – turning to booze and cocaine which destroyed his career. Years later he came to terms with the error of his ways and is slowly regaining his trust and potential.
Basil Iwanyk and Kevin Walsh will produce alongside Hamilton, his wife Katie and Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed.