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9 items from 2012


Relativity Media, Casey Affleck At Bat For Slugger Josh Hamilton Biopic

15 November 2012 10:52 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: After clubbing 43 homers including nine in the span of one week, Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton ended his 2012 season as a free agent. The same can no longer be said for his incredible life story, which has been acquired and will be turned into a feature film by Relativity Media. Relativity has closed a rights deal with Hamilton, along with a deal for Casey Affleck to write and direct. Thunder Road PicturesBasil Iwanyk will produce along with The Walsh Company’s Kevin Walsh. Thunder Road’s Kent Kubena will executive produce and Hamilton and his wife Katie will co-produce along with Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed. Relativity has also closed a deal for rights to the book that Hamilton co-authored, Beyond Belief: Finding The Strength To Come Back. Back in June, I wrote about this feature package that Iwanyk and Affleck were trying to build around Hamilton. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR.

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Casey Affleck Set to Direct Josh Hamilton Biopic

22 June 2012 9:34 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Casey Affleck has signed on to write and direct a feature biopic on Texas Rangers baseball slugger Josh Hamilton.

Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, although his rise to stardom was a rocky one. He became addicted to alcohol and cocaine, to the point where he was even hiding cocaine in his minor league uniform. He was kicked out of baseball altogether after a failed stint at the Betty Ford clinic.

After finally embracing his demons and committing to recovery, he petitioned Major League Baseball for one more chance, and was signed by the Cincinatti Reds in 2007. He was traded to the Texas Rangers one year later, where he blossomed into one of baseball's rising stars. He hit a record-breaking 35 home runs in the 2008 Home Run Derby, and has been considered one of the sport's top players ever since, winning the Mvp Award »

- MovieWeb

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Affleck Helming Josh Hamilton Biopic

21 June 2012 9:47 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Casey Affleck is set to pen and direct a biopic of famed baseball slugger Josh Hamilton for Thunder Road Pictures and The Walsh Company says Deadline.

A bonafide prodigy at 15, Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a then record $4 million.

After a car accident, he ended up living on his own for the first time and didn't handle it well - turning to booze and cocaine which destroyed his career. Years later he came to terms with the error of his ways and is slowly regaining his trust and potential.

Basil Iwanyk and Kevin Walsh will produce alongside Hamilton, his wife Katie and Hamilton’s business manager Steve Reed. »

- Garth Franklin

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Thunder Road, Casey Affleck Plan Feature About Baseball Superstar Josh Hamilton

21 June 2012 6:16 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Josh Hamilton’s rise from the depths of an addiction to crack to become the American League’s most feared slugger is dramatic enough to have been scripted. Sure enough, Hamilton has entrusted his rights to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures to be shopped for a feature that will be written and directed by Casey Affleck. Iwanyk has partnered with Kevin Walsh and The Walsh Company on the film, which he and Affleck will pitch to the town shortly. The best way to describe Hamilton’s journey is to liken him to Roy Hobbs of The Natural, because Hamilton fits that description. The difference: Hamilton’s fall from grace was self-inflicted. A bonafide prodigy who was throwing a 96 mph fast ball by age 15, Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, signing with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for a record $4 million. His »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Steve Carell and Toni Collette Join ‘The Way, Way Back’ From ‘The Descendants’ Writers

18 April 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Jim Rash and Nat Faxon‘s Black List script The Way Back, now titled The Way, Way Back to presumably avoid confusion with Peter Weir’s epic, is finally making some headway. After getting tangled up in the 2007 WGA strike, producer Kevin Walsh has since obtained the rights to the project, with the aforementioned scribes making their directorial debut. According to Variety, Steve Carell and Toni Collette will be reuniting for the indie project.

The Little Miss Sunshine actors will be joining Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Annasophia Robb for a story that “follows a teen boy who struggles to find himself as he comes to terms with his unattentive mother and cheating stepfather during summer vacation.” Collette will be playing the mother, with Carell playing the horrid stepfather, who runs on the wild side in terms of drugs, alcohol and being promiscuous. Sounds a little out of his element, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Steve Carell & Toni Collette Join 'The Way, Way Back,' The Directorial Debut for 'The Descendants' Writers Jim Rash and Nat Faxon

18 April 2012 5:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's funny what a gold statue can do. "The Descendants" screenwriters Jim Rash and Nat Faxon have had their screenplay "The Way, Way Back" stuck in development for years, with it finally surfacing late last year. Now that the duo has won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, however, "The Way, Way Back" is moving forward quickly with Steve Carell and Toni Collette cast as the leads.

Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year and was stuck in limbo until producer Kevin Walsh salvaged it last year. The script follows a teenage boy who, over the course of a summer vacation, strikes up a friendship that gives him the courage to stand up to his carousing, boozing stepfather and reconnect with his mother. With Rash and Faxon ready to make their directorial debut on the project, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Carell, Collette Go "Way, Way Back"

17 April 2012 8:38 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Little Miss Sunshine" actors Steve Carell and Toni Collette are reuniting on the indie comedy "The Way, Way Back" reports Variety.

The story follows a teen boy who struggles to find himself as he comes to terms with his inattentive mother (Collette) and cheating stepfather (Carell) during summer vacation.

Jim Rash and Nat Faxon make their directorial debut on the film which Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Annasophia Robb are already attached to star in.

Kevin Walsh is producing, shooting kicks off this Summer. »

- Garth Franklin

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Steve Carell and Toni Collette Join Indie Family Drama The Way, Way Back

17 April 2012 7:05 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There's a reunion of sorts happening for Steve Carell and Toni Collette, who last starred together in 2006 Oscar-winner, Little Miss Sunshine.  Carell and Collette will join Jim Rash (Community) and Nat Faxon's (Bad Teacher) directorial debut, The Way, Way Back.  Their script landed on 2010's Black List, and after earning an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay of their effort for The Descendents, I'm sure we can look forward to much more from the duo.  The Way, Way Back is an indie drama about a dysfunctional family, but that's where the similarities to Little Miss Sunshine seem to stop.  The plot centers on a teenage boy on summer vacation who is coming to grips with his emotionally-distant mother and his cheating step-father.  The parental roles will be played by Collette and Carell, while the film also stars Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Annasophia Robb. Hit the jump for more. News »

- Dave Trumbore

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Kristen Wiig to Star in Action-Comedy from The Descendants Writers

29 February 2012 12:20 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just days after winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Descendants, screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have sold an untitled action-comedy to Indian Paintbrush, which has Kristen Wiig attached to star.

No plot details were given regarding the project, although it is said to have sparked a competitive bidding situation between a number of studios, before Indian Paintbrush secured the project. Both Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have a working history with Kristen Wiig, going back to their involvement in the famed L.A. improv company The Groundlings.

Indian Paintbrush's Steven M. Rales and Mark Roybal are producing alongside Kevin Walsh, with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash executive producing. It isn't clear when production will begin on this untitled action-comedy. »

- MovieWeb

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