Chris Columbus Plays Ball, Michael Rapaport Goes Noir & Brad Peyton Shakes The Earth For New Directing Gigs

No stranger to film adaptations, John Grisham is set to get another check in the mail courtesy of Chris Columbus, who has officially signed on to write and direct the adaptation of the author's “Calico Joe.” The novel, released earlier this year, revolves around the world of baseball and involves a nearly fatal pitch thrown in August 24, 1973 and its implications 30 years later on both the batter, “Calico Joe” Caste, and the pitcher, Warren Tracey. Hopefully this film can match the quality of the last year’s baseball movie, “Moneyball.” [Variety]

Character actor and “Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest” helmer Michael Rapaport is set to direct his first fictional feature, an adaptation of the Jason Starr novel “Tough Luck.” The noir thriller is set in Brooklyn and follows a nice kid who, after getting in trouble with a bookie, decides to join his friend on a “can’t-lose caper.
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