Legendary Pictures reaped nice rewards on producing 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic, in 2013. Now, they’re turning their attention to another baseball legend.
The studio is developing a feature about late Pittsburgh Pirates star Roberto Clemente, acquiring the rights for David Maraniss’ book Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero and striking an accord with the Clemente family to recount his life, EW confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story.
Clemente was the first Latino player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and had a career and a life pitch-perfect for the screen. In 18 seasons, he was one of Major League Baseball’s premier talents, winning the 1966 National League MVP, playing in 15 All-Star Games, and hitting a magical 3,000 hits (take that, Bernie Mac).
The Puerto Rican outfielder was renowned for his work outside the diamond before tragedy struck. He aided in relief efforts after the massive 1972 Nicaragua earthquake, but on a flight to the country on New Year’s Eve, the plane—overloaded—crashed into the ocean. Clemente died at 38.
Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder will produce via Fuego Films, while Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito will executive produce.