After immortality, the clear next step is always television. And that’s the trajectory for one of the Red Sox’s most famous batters, Ted Williams, whose life story will be adapted into a TV miniseries.
Deadline reports that Atmosphere Entertainment’s Mark Canton (300) has teamed up with Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin (Smallville) and Peter Guber (Rain Man) to option a recent biography of Williams, The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee Jr.
Canton, Tollin, and Gruber haven’t yet assigned a writer to the project, but viewers can expect that the series will include its fair share of action on the diamond. Williams is known for being one of the best hitters in baseball history, landing a batting average of .406 in 1941 that has not since been topped. He had career-long success as well: No player with more than 500 home runs has had a higher career batting average than Williams did.
Tollin told Deadline that that their project also intends to focus on Williams’s colorful life off the field. Often struggling with his relationship to the public, the star batter often found himself in the midst of PR snafus, making a name for himself as a brooding, enigmatic figure. Much of that distance was self-imposed. Williams was born in San Diego in 1918, and spent most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage, even over the course of his 22 years at the Red Sox.
And if that weren’t enough material to build a several-episode miniseries, Williams also fought in two wars. He left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea.