Deadline is reporting that Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has acquired the rights to John Grisham’s bestselling novel CALICO JOE, which Columbus will script and helm himself.
Grisham will executive produce, and Columbus will produce with his partners, 1492 Pictures’ President Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. They most recently produced The Help.
The book is described as follows (via Amazon):
A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball….
Whatever happened to Calico Joe?
In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records.
Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever….
In John Grisham’s new novel the baseball is thrilling, but it’s what happens off the field that makes Calico Joe a classic.