Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the 1999 Major League Baseball draft, although his rise to stardom was a rocky one. He became addicted to alcohol and cocaine, to the point where he was even hiding cocaine in his minor league uniform. He was kicked out of baseball altogether after a failed stint at the Betty Ford clinic.
After finally embracing his demons and committing to recovery, he petitioned Major League Baseball for one more chance, and was signed by the Cincinatti Reds in 2007. He was traded to the Texas Rangers one year later, where he blossomed into one of baseball's rising stars. He hit a record-breaking 35 home runs in the 2008 Home Run Derby, and has been considered one of the sport's top players ever since, winning the MVP Award in 2010.
Basil Iwanyk acquired the player's life rights and will produce alongside Kevin Walsh. Here's what Basil Iwanyk had to say about this powerful true story.
The producer is based at Warner Bros., who will get the first crack at this project before it is pitched around town. No production schedule was given.