Major League Baseball’s Josh Hamilton is slated to become the feature of an upcoming planned film, according to the Deadline, focusing on his rise and fall – and rise again – in the sporting industry due to his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
The Texas Rangers slugger has partnered with producer Basil Iwanyk, director Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures for the film. Affleck will write and direct the feature.
Hamilton was throwing a 96-mph fast ball by the time he was 15 years old. In 1999, he was chosen by the MLB draft and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. After a car accident he was in with his parents, and enduring an injured back, Hamilton found himself hooked on drugs and alcohol.
His addictions led to a nearly four-year suspension from the sport, in which he did spend some time in rehabilitation treatment.
After the suspension, Hamilton came back to MLB in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds before being dealt to the Texas Rangers prior to the 2008 season. He was named the American League MVP in 2010.
Throughout working on his sobriety, Hamilton has addressed candidly a few slipups with alcohol.
“I truly think this guy’s story is one of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read,” Iwanyk said in an interview with the Deadline. “It’s also tailor-made for a movie: it has the mythic quality of The Natural, the faith-based angle of The Blind Side, and faith is a major part of our story, and the romance of Walk the Line. Casey has totally captured those elements in his take for the movie. It is an extraordinary odyssey that took him from the depths of drug addiction, estrangement from his family, and suspension from baseball to a spectacular rebirth of his life, faith, marriage and major league career.”
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