“It’s Slumdog, but with baseball, baby!!”

At least I’m assuming that was the pitch:

The rights to the improbable story of two kids from Indian villages, who won a pitching contest without even knowing the rules of baseball and were eventually drafted, have been acquired by Sony. Rinku Singh won the Million Dollar Arm contest and was marketed to teams along with the runner-up Dinesh Patel. Both signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the plot doesn’t necessarily have the perfect ending yet — the two pitched 20 innings combined of rookie-A baseball this season — the fact that they are even on the same playing field with people who have been playing baseball for their entire lives . . .

. . . Although Indian actors will play the two, Rinku joked that he wanted the Rock to play him and Dinesh said he’d like to be portrayed by Jason Bourne, also known as Matt Damon. In addition to the movie, Bernstein said he is also in negotiations for a book and a television documentary as well that will come out around the same time as the movie.

Nice casting suggestions.

Of course, given that they signed with the Pirates, the movie will be a tragedy.

(thanks to Pete Toms for the heads up)

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  1. Mode:Theif and Lair said...

    They need to use Aziz Ansari in some role because 1) He’s really funny (Human Giant,Scrubs, Parks and Rec), 2) He’s of Indian descent, and 3) He was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina

  2. Paul Singman said...

    Haha, I could see this being exactly like Slumdog. Maybe even with the cheesy “in media res” beginning where they are getting beat up by the people running the competition because they are doing so well…

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