Thankfully, Casey Affleck doesn’t have to crawl from the shambles of a superstar relationship or poor career choices to hop into the director’s chair, but he does share his big brother’s penchant for intriguing adult fare. Deadline is reporting that the younger Affleck and Thunder Road Pictures are shopping around a project for Affleck to write and direct that follows the true story of American League slugger Josh Hamilton, who rose from a potentially crippling addiction to crack to become one of the most feared sluggers in Major League Baseball – with a life story ripe for film. Hamilton entrusted the rights to his story to producer Basil Iwanyk, who will be heading out to pitch the film with Affleck around Hollywood. It’s a powerful rise-and-fall story about a man who quite literally went from being one of baseball’s most promising players to cleaning toilets, then back to being a baseball great.
The project, which will also see Hamilton producing with his wife Katie, is most likely a ways off considering the film is only just being pitched. But this isn't Casey's first time chasing a baseball flick. You might remember he's attached to write the New York Yankee's wife-swapping pic "The Trade" with brother Ben as a vehicle for their pal, Matt Damon, but that one ran into legal issues and seems to be on hold at the moment. And while this will be Casey's first feature, he also made the watchable but divisive Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary “I’m Still Here,” which chronicled Phoenix’s year-long crazy spell. Affleck’s got talent, and we’ll be interested to see what he brings to Hamilton’s story.