Baseball star Josh Hamilton’s life story has enough ups and downs to make for a compelling narrative feature, and it appears that Casey Affleck is game to make it happen. Hamilton has entrusted his life rights to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road for Affleck to write and direct a feature film based on his story. Hamilton’s ability to throw a 96mph fast ball by the age of 15 turned heads in the right places, and he was eventually chosen as the first pick in the 1999 MLB draft. He signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but succumbed to alcohol and cocaine abuse following a car accident that seriously injured his back. Hit the jump for more.
In the style of Paramount’s attempts to make a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not film franchise, Warner Bros is said to be in talks to secure to rights to the Guinness Book Of World Records for an action adventure movie. The reference book was created in the 1950s after Sir Hugh Beaver, the then managing director of the Guinness Breweries, attended a shooting party in Ireland and become embroiled in a very Monty Python-esque argument about which was the fastest game bird in Europe (but is it unlaiden?) Unable to find an answer, the party realized the benefit of having a book full of records.
To see how the longest fingernails, most tattoos and the record of a man who can run backwards faster than any human might be turned into a film, hit the jump.