Singer LeAnn Rimes
is prepping to take her Grammy Award-winning talents to a new field -- the baseball field. Rimes is attached to star for director Rocky Lang
) in The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
, the first project from newly launched independent film outfit 'bel Films. The project, which is based on a true story, would see Rimes star as Tennessee native Jackie Mitchell, who, in 1931, became the only woman to strike out baseball legends Babe Ruth
and Lou Gehrig
back-to-back, then was tossed out of the major leagues for being a woman. 'Bel Films, which will focus on family fare, was launched by Wall Street bond trader Joseph Burga. Joining Burga in the company are former Walt Disney Co. executive Peter McAlevey
, who serves as West Coast president; East Coast vp Carolyn Dahm Mulrey; and Ivy Brooks, a creative associate in the Santa Monica office with McAlevey. Burga named the company after his 2-year-old daughter, Isabel, who was lost for nearly 12 hours in New York on Sept. 11 after the terrorist attacks. The ordeal led Burga to invest in the film business in hopes of providing entertainment to be enjoyed by entire families.