Director Craig Gillespie has a pretty mixed track record behind the camera, but he's about to head to the big leagues with Mad Men star Jon Hamm.
Variety reports that Gillespie is in negotiations to direct Million Dollar Arm, a true story written by Win Win helmer Tom McCarthy that stars Hamm as agent J.B. Bernstein, a man who set up an elaborate reality show in India in order to audition 40,000 cricket players to see if any of them had what it took to become MLB stars. (He ended up converting players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.)
Bernstein was also responsible for teaching his new talent the rules of baseball as well as inducting them into American culture. So basically this whole project sounds like a reverse Mr. Baseball scenario. I'm sure Hamm will be fine as the agent, but is Gillespie the right person to tell this story? He directed the critically acclaimed Lars and the Real Girl and the decently-received Fright Night remake, but he also helmed the disastrous Mr. Woodcock, so it's tough to tell what kind of tone to expect from a guy with such an eclectic resume.
What do you think? Do you think Gillespie is the right person for the gig?
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