The Pitcher Signs with Gigantic Pictures

Novelist William Hazelgrove signs with veteran producer Ed Bates of Gigantic Pictures to produce his award-winning novel

By William Hazelgrove
Published on LatinoLA: May 22, 2014

The Pitcher Signs with Gigantic Pictures

Novelist William Hazelgrove has teamed up with veteran producers Edward Bates and Rochelle Bates of Gigantic Pictures for a film adaptation of his award-winning novel, THE PITCHER.

The story of a broken-down World Series pitcher and a Latino boy with a golden arm and the dream of playing baseball took Bates by surprise: "This book really made me feel something...I wanted to get a screenplay written as soon as possible."

Ed Bates, producer of such movies as KINGDOM COME and THE LAST TIME I COMMITTED SUICIDE, and the television mini-series FALLEN, is excited by the project. Bates said, "It's the ROCKY of baseball movies."

THE PITCHER by best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove was published last year, and was immediately picked as a Junior Library Guild Selection. Hazelgrove's sixth novel, REAL SANTA, is due out in fall, 2014.

About William Hazelgrove:
William Hazelgrove is the bestselling author of five novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways Rocket Man and The Pitcher. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections.
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