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.
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. Author's website Email the author