ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, confirmed Friday they have agreed to the creation of a feature film about his life.
In a statement released before the Rangers’ game against the Colorado Rockies, the Hamiltons said they were approached by actor/director Casey Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures.
“While they are not involved with the actual Hollywood pitching process,” the statement read, “the Hamiltons will be an integral part of the film’s creative direction and accuracy as the project develops.”
Tampa Bay selected Hamilton with the No. 1 overall pick in 1999 before his career was knocked off track by drug and alcohol abuse. After going on the disabled list in 2001 while in the minors, he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He didn’t play from 2003-05.
Hamilton finally made it to the majors in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds and was traded to Texas before 2008, the season he won the All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium and led the AL with 130 RBIs.
Hamilton won the 2010 AL MVP and has helped the Rangers make consecutive World Series appearances. He is hitting .331 this season with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs, including a four-homer and eight-RBI performance on May 8 against the Baltimore Orioles.
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