(Hollywood Reporter) – After tackling the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson with 42, Legendary is returning to the ballpark with a biopic of Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates legend who was the first Latino inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The company has picked up the rights to David Maraniss’ book Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero and has entered into an agreement with Clemente’s family for his life rights.
Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder are producing via their Fuego Films banner along with Legendary. Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito will serve as executive producers.
Clemente was a Puerto Rican outfielder renowned for his rifle of an arm and passion for the game. One of the few players to have 3,000 career hits, he played his entire career with the Pirates from 1955-1972 and was named National League MVP in 1966 and then World Series MVP in 1971. But he also was known for his immense charity work, and he spent years helping people in the Caribbean.