Oscar Winner Ezra Edelman To Direct Baseball Legend Roberto Clemente BiopicPosted by Wilson Morales
February 5, 2018
Variety is reporting that Oscar winner Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”) has signed on to direct Legendary’s biopic on baseball icon Roberto Clemente.
According to the site, Legendary closed a deal for Edelman to develop a feature film with writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips based on the life of the famed baseball player. John Lesher will produce alongside Fuego Films’ Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder, with Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito serving as executive producers.
The studio previously picked up the rights to David Maraniss’ book “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero” and entered into an agreement with Clemente’s family for his life rights. Legendary had also released the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” which starred a then-unknown Chadwick Boseman and led to box office and critical success.
Clemente played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. On Dec. 31, 1972, Clemente boarded a small plane en route from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to assist with earthquake relief. The heavily loaded plane crashed just off the Puerto Rican coast, and Clemente’s body was never recovered. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
Edleman won the Emmy and Oscar for Best Documentary for “O.J.: Made in America,” based on football player O.J. Simpson. Edleman is also currently attached to the Fox biopic “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.”