LATEST NEWS

'The Natural' Director Barry Levinson Swinging at Hank Aaron Biopic

by
April 3, 2012
Source: Variety

Hank Aaron

Barry Levinson's 1984 film The Natural is widely regarded as one of the best sports movies of all time, and it might actually be the best baseball movie ever made. (Calm down, The Sandlot enthusiasts!) It's safe to say Levinson knows how to handle the genre, and like so many underdog sports heroes, it looks like the director is returning to the diamond for one more game. Variety reports Levinson is taking on a still-untitled biopic of baseball icon Hank Aaron, the man who bested The Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth's, home run record back in 1974 and held the title until 2007, when the steroid-infused Barry Bonds snapped the streak. More below!

Based on Howard Bryant's book The Last Hero: The Story of Hank Aaron, the film will follow the famous right fielder's chase to beat Ruth's record during the 1972-1974 seasons. Adam Mazer, who worked with Levinson on the critically-acclaimed Jack Kevorkian story You Don't Know Jack, will write the script. No studio has jumped on board to distribute yet, but I'm guessing that this year's Opening Day of baseball season taking place in Japan means that the sport is taking on an increasing international audience, so perhaps a studio - which, these days, must be conscious of how much money they can make worldwide and not just domestically - will roll the dice on that increased popularity. No cast has been announced yet, so who they end up choosing for the role could make or break this film in the eyes of distributors, but I'll toss my suggestion into the ring. How about Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson as Aaron? Thoughts?

Find more posts: Development, Movie News

Discover more around the web:

Reader Feedback - 6 Comments

1

Ernie Hudson? Your kidding me right? He's about 60...come on man....This has Don Cheadle written all over it. He has all the talent to pull this off and finally get his best actor award.

ron on Apr 3, 2012

2

As much as I see Ernie in the pic (it SCREAMED zeddmore).... my hollywood pick would be Idris Elba.... or  'Red Tails' Nate Parker. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1676649/   My personal pick would be my boy Nashawn Kearse. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1532069/ or my other boy ka'ramuu kush http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1394115/ Hell... Id do it... but Im waiting for a Stokely Carmichael movie. 🙂

Duane on Apr 3, 2012

3

yes please Idris Elba!

Bcopes11 on Apr 3, 2012

4

I agree with Ron, Ernie Hudson?C'mon man! I also think Don Cheadle would be great for this role! I'd like to see a movie on Roberto Clemente and I still would like to see a story on Josh Gibson too! He almost trippled Babe Ruth's record for home runs playing in the negro league. Just imagine what he'd done in the majors.

jah p on Apr 3, 2012

5

Also, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams were the best baseball films ever IMO!!

jah p on Apr 3, 2012

6

Stunt-cast Tyler, the Creator.

Anonymiz on Apr 3, 2012

Sorry, no commenting is allowed at this time.

FEATURED POSTS

POPULAR COMMENTS

LAST YEAR'S TOP 10

Alex's Top 10 - 2017
1. Call Me By Your...
2. War for Apes
3. Shape of Water
4. Florida Project
5. Dunkirk
6. Jane
7. Foxtrot
8. Faces, Places
9. Never Really Here
10. Thelma
Click Here for Thoughts

Jeremy's Top 10- 2017
1. mother!
2. Lady Bird
3. A Ghost Story
4. The Big Sick
5. Dunkirk
6. Get Out
7. Killing Sacred Deer
8. John Wick 2
9. War for Apes
10. The Beguiled
Click Here for Thoughts

FOLLOW US HERE

Subscribe to our feed or daily newsletter:
Follow Alex's main profile on twitter:
For the news posts only, follow this acct:

Add FS to your Feedly updates: click here

OUR FACEBOOK / AD