Josh Hamilton's life story to hit Hollywood

BY foxsports • June 21, 2012

Josh Hamilton has been compared to Roy Hobbs, the legendary baseball player portrayed by Robert Redford in "The Natural," because of his play on the baseball field.

Now, Hamilton might be compared to Hobbs because of the way they look on the silver screen. reports that the rights to Josh Hamilton's life story have been entrusted to producer Basil Iwanyk and Thunder Road Pictures to be shopped for a feature film on the Texas Rangers outfielder.

The motion picture will be written and directed by Casey Affleck.

Hamilton's story has been well documented.  Hamilton was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1999 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and was signed for a record $4 million.

After a car accident injured his back, Hamilton fell into a world of substance abuse.  An addiction to crack nearly ended his career until embracing religion and overcoming his demons to become one of the biggest superstars in MLB.

Hamilton and his wife, Katie, will serve as executive producers.

'While they are not involved with the actual Hollywood pitching
process,'' a statement read released Friday night before the Rangers took on the Colorado Rockies. ''The Hamiltons will be an integral part
of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops.''

"I truly think this guy's story is one of the most inspiring stories I've ever read," Iwanyk told "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.'"

In 2008, Hamilton released his autobiography, "Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back," detailing his fight against addiction.

Hamilton is not the only Ranger that will have graced the big screen in recent years.  Ron Washington was portrayed last year in the Brad Pitt movie "Moneyball," when he was a manager for the Oakland Athletics under GM Billy Beane.

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