Baseball legend Hank Aaron will be getting his own big screen biopic, and Barry Levinson is set to direct it. Levinson is a talented director that has made some great films in his career such as The Natural, which is one of my favorite baseball movies of all time. He also directed Young Sherlock Holmes, Rain Man, Bugsy, Sleepers, and a ton of other good movies. I think he's the best choice as a director to take on a movie like this. The script is being written by Adam Mazer (Empire State).
The movie will be based on the book by Howard Bryant called The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron and according to Variety the story "will follow the right fielders chase of Babe Ruth's home run record from 1972 to 1974." This should make for a great movie as this was a very big part of Aaron's life. In an interview he said himself that "This was a difficult time in my life, but I'm confident we can all learn a little something from looking back at those times." In 1973 Aaron closed out the 1973 season with one home run shy of the record. He ended up breaking Ruth's record with his 715th home run on April 8th, 1974.
Levinson and Mazer worked together on the HBO movie You Don't Know Jack, and here's what Mazer had to say about Aaron in the interview,
My first sports memory as a kid was watching Henry Aaron hit number 715. At the time, I had no idea how profound a moment it was for baseball, and more importantly, the nation. To have the opportunity now to bring his harrowing journey to the screen is an honor and a thrill.
I'm not the biggest Baseball fan, but I love movies about the sport, and I enjoy the history behind it. I'm looking forward to seeing how this movie turns out. What is one of your favorite baseball movies?