Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 10/14/14
5f
Josh Hamilton may still be a free agent, but he did join one team this week. Relativity Media has secured the rights to the feature film about the Texas Rangers outfielder's life — which will be directed and written by Casey Affleck, according to deadline.com. The report says that Relativity Media — producers of films like "Shark Night 3D" and "HOP" — also has the rights to Hamilton's biography, "Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back," which the slugger co-authored with Tim McKeown. The film will be based on the Tampa Bay Rays' former overall #1 draft pick's career which has been a combination of brilliance on the diamond tainted with alcohol and drug addiction off the field. The film will be tinged with the 31-year-old Hamilton's strong Christian faith and love of his wife, Katie. After wowing fans with his performance in the Home Run Derby at the All-star game at Yankee Stadium in 2008, Hamilton went on to become the American League MVP in 2010 and helped the Rangers make consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011. Affleck — an Academy Award nominee and brother of Red Sox fanatic Ben— will helm the flick with Hamilton and his wife co-producing with business manager Steve Reed.  The couple said they would be "an integral part of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops." It seems like Hamilton's baseball life and religious convictions would attract little interest outside of Texas unless it's a modern version of "The Natural" mixed with a little "North Dallas Forty." But a boring sounding movie premise about computers and baseball did work out pretty well for "Moneyball," didn't it? One suggestion for casting — Will Ferrell.  Too obvious?
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

World Series: Game 2 live blog

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Widespread academic fraud occurred at North Carolina

NHL postpones Senators/Leafs game after Ottawa shootings

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

Brandon Marshall on Jay Cutler: We're like brothers

NBA Board of Governors votes against NBA draft lottery reform

Jamaal Charles admits he hid concussion symptoms

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

Porn star: No one parties harder than Sebastian Janikowski

Outrageous college football predictions: Week 9

World Series Game 2 Preview: Giants vs. Royals

Michigan St. fans troll Michigan campus, paint 'M' green

NFL MVP Watch Week 8: Is Manning still the King?

Fan blows $300 buying hot dogs for his section at World Series

Mo’ne Davis' Chevy commercial won't affect amateur status

WATCH: Isaiah Thomas forces OT, stares down Mayweather

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

World Series: Game Two live blog

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Royals fans sleeping during Game 1

Rice files grievance against Ravens

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.