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Todd Field to adapt baseball documentary about Kurt Russell's father

Jan. 24, 2014by:

Justin Lin has a lot of projects on his plate after leaving the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. Aside from directing the next installment in the BOURNE franchise, Lin just recently obtained the rights to a retelling of the Sundance documentary THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. Based on the story of Russell's father, Bing Russell, THE BATTERED BASTARDS is a film tailor-made for the big screen. Documentary directors Chapman Way and Maclain Way were being pursued by multiple studios before Lin won the rights.

The film chronicles the story of the late Bing Russell (a Hollywood veteran best known for playing Deputy Clem on Bonanza), who in 1973 created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball.

Russell himself played for the team and IN THE BEDROOM director Todd Field is in talks to helm the film. Lin will produce the film through his Perfect Storm production company. Russell has been toying with the idea of making his father's story into a film before the documentary was realized. Now he is considering possibly playing Bing in the movie, as he told Collider.

In the last three days, obviously for the reasons you asked, Ive started thinking about it more, and maybe well be forced to think about it further Therell be lots of people that I think in my mind [are possibilities] to play different people, but you cant not think about it. And after seeing this, you cant not say its compelling.

Sports movies are great until they become too preachy or too serious. I will always take a movie along the lines of A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN or MAJOR LEAGUE where the comedy balances the drama over something like THE ROOKIE or INVINCIBLE. THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL already has a great title and the potential to be a big ensemble movie. I am especially intrigued if Kurt Russell plays his dad.

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3:41AM on 01/27/2014
Jason Sudeikis looks like Bing and is probably age appropriate. If I was god.
Jason Sudeikis looks like Bing and is probably age appropriate. If I was god.
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10:20PM on 01/25/2014
This is cool news. I had never heard this about Kurt Russel or his dad. I had never heard about this baseball league before.
This is cool news. I had never heard this about Kurt Russel or his dad. I had never heard about this baseball league before.
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5:37PM on 01/25/2014
Kurt was absolutely robbed for an Oscar nomination for Miracle. I look forward to seeing what they can do with this story as well.
Kurt was absolutely robbed for an Oscar nomination for Miracle. I look forward to seeing what they can do with this story as well.
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12:09AM on 01/25/2014
I have to say Miracle was an instant classic for me, and did not feel that it got preachy
I have to say Miracle was an instant classic for me, and did not feel that it got preachy
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7:46PM on 01/24/2014
The adventures of Snake Sr.!
The adventures of Snake Sr.!
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7:14PM on 01/24/2014

Kurt Russell = always a good idea

I've always liked him as an actor, and I hope this passion project comes together like it should. There looks like a lot of potential here, and I'm sure Kurt will play his dad perfectly.

Not all "serious" sports movies have to get overly preachy. There's THE ROCKET and, of course, RAGING BULL . . .
I've always liked him as an actor, and I hope this passion project comes together like it should. There looks like a lot of potential here, and I'm sure Kurt will play his dad perfectly.

Not all "serious" sports movies have to get overly preachy. There's THE ROCKET and, of course, RAGING BULL . . .
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7:15PM on 01/24/2014
I don't want Maurice! I want da Rocket!!!!
I don't want Maurice! I want da Rocket!!!!
6:38PM on 01/24/2014
Holy Crap. That Chapman Way dude looks EXACTLY like Kurt in The Thing!!!
Holy Crap. That Chapman Way dude looks EXACTLY like Kurt in The Thing!!!
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5:57PM on 01/24/2014

Very Excited

First off anything that gets Kurt Russell to be on the big screen is a great thing. Second this sounds like a great sports story. I disagree a bit with sports movies that get too serious aren't as good because Warrior, Moneyball, and Friday Night Lights were all very serious and they were some of the best sports movies I've seen. But I also love sports movies with a sense of humor, so to eaches own for sure. This does sound terrific though.
First off anything that gets Kurt Russell to be on the big screen is a great thing. Second this sounds like a great sports story. I disagree a bit with sports movies that get too serious aren't as good because Warrior, Moneyball, and Friday Night Lights were all very serious and they were some of the best sports movies I've seen. But I also love sports movies with a sense of humor, so to eaches own for sure. This does sound terrific though.
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5:13PM on 01/24/2014
I thought Invincible was one of the better sport films to come out as of late.
I thought Invincible was one of the better sport films to come out as of late.
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