Columbus Adapts Grisham’s “Calico Joe”

Though known for his legal thrillers like “The Pelican Brief,” “The Firm” and “A Time to Kill”, author John Grisham will occasionally branch out into other areas outside of tales of lawyers under extraordinary circumstances.

Now, Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has acquired the film rights to Grisham’s latest, the Major League Baseball themed novel “Calico Joe” says The Hollywood Reporter.

Columbus will adapt the book along with producing and directing the feature, while Grisham will executive produce.

The story involves a nearly fatal fictional pitch thrown in 1973 and its implications 30 years later on both the batter, “Calico Joe” Castle, and the pitcher Warren Tracey who became estranged from his son after the event.

The novel is inspired by the real life story of Ray Chapman, the only professional baseball player killed by a pitch.