On Friday June 22, 2012 Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, released a statement confirming that Hamilton’s story will be scripted. Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures are hoping to make Hamilton’s life story into a featured film someday. The Hamiltons will only be “an integral part of the film’s creative direction and accuracy as the project develops.” They will not be helping with the pitching process to Hollywood.
Hamilton has been through a lot in his life. Right out of high school in 1999 he was the top pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. Hamilton played great in Tampa’s minor leagues, but his career was put on hold after becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Hamilton was kicked out of the major league. When Hamilton hit rock bottom he found the help he needed and got cleaned up. When the league heard of this, they decided to let him back into MLB. Hamilton made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. Then Hamilton was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2008. Hamilton was sober for 3 years before his first relapse with alcohol in January 2009, but took the right actions and cleaned up again. After another 3 years of being clean he relapsed again on January 30, 2012, but again took the right actions to clean himself up. To read more on Josh Hamilton’s story click here.
Currently Hamilton is in his last year of his contract with the Texas Rangers and his playing his best. So far this season, in 64 games Hamilton has a batting average of .327. Hamilton also has 63 RBIs (runs batted in), and 22 HR (home runs). Hamilton was also announced the AL player of the month in April and May, back to back months. To read more on some of Hamilton’s success this year click here.
I am really excited to see what happens with this script. I hope that it gets made into a movie because Hamilton’s story has been a good one so far, and movie worthy. Even with his recent relapse I feel it would still be a good movie because Hamilton is working hard at staying sober, and 3 years is a big accomplishment. Also the Texas Rangers need to RE-SIGN HAMILTON soon!