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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
“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 . . .
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)
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 5:33pm
Poor Pirates, always getting cheap-shotted. Could be worse though, they could be the Clippers!
Posted 10/27 at 06:46 PM
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
Posted 10/27 at 07:26 PM
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…
Posted 10/27 at 09:37 PM
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