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Billy Crystal Developing Another Baseball Movie Project!

Nordling here.

This weekend I was at Pixar for the MONSTERS UNIVERSITY junket, and had a good sit down with Billy Crystal about his work as Mike Wazowski and his film directing.  When I asked him if he wanted to tell another baseball story if he directed again, Crystal replied,

"We're developing one now of a book that I found in the mid 50's... it was written in the mid 50s that is a really wonderful unusual baseball novel that Chris Columbus sent me after he saw 61* that we've finally got the rights to, that we're working on now. It's a very small, little story, but it eventually involves the Reserve Clause and players in the 50s and the starting of the influx of Latin players.  It's based on a true story of a player who took 17 years in the minors before he got to the majors, and plays in one game.  It's a really unusual baseball story called MAN ON SPIKES, written by Eliot Asinof, who was a blacklisted writer. And we're writing the script now."

I have not read MAN ON SPIKES, but the story sounds fascinating, and Billy Crystal is obviously very passionate about the subject.  I thought 61* was a remarkable movie, and since Crystal shows an affinity and a love of all things baseball, I can't wait to see how this turns out.

And I just noticed that Asinof was the writer of EIGHT MEN OUT, the non-fiction account of the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal that John Sayles made into a terrific movie.  Crystal seems to have picked a great writer here.

I will have more on the Pixar MONSTERS UNIVERSITY junket later this week.

Nordling, out.

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