“The Natural” helmer Barry Levinson is set to direct a film about baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and his quest to break Babe Ruth’s home run record says The Hollywood Reporter.
Adam Mazer (“You Don’t Know Jack”) has come onboard to adapt the script from Howard Bryant’s book “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” with a take he and Levinson developed.
The story will focus on the period of 1972 to 1974, when Aaron chased then shattered a sacrosanct record held for decades by Ruth, who hit 714 home runs during his career.
Aaron and his supporters faced death threats and hate mail because some fans didn’t want a black man to break Ruth’s record.
Aaron himself will serve as a consultant on the film which Mike Tollin and Glenn Rigberg are producing.