‘Calico Joe’, John Grisham’s Baseball Novel, Being Turned Into a Movie By George Clooney (and Bob Dylan)

“John has written a beautiful story and the chance to collaborate with Bob to bring it to the screen is just fantastic,” said Clooney and Heslov. Calico Joe quickly becomes the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing New York Mets pitcher. Instead, it’s news about a new movie. Dylan added: “George and Grant see in this book what I see in it – a powerful story that will resonate with young and old alike. This often made the ball hard to see. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faces Calico Joe, Paul is in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his dad. The book is partially inspired by 1920s baseball player Ray Chapman, who is the only   Major League Baseball player to die from an injury received during a game. Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista

Stop me if you heard this one: Geroge Clooney, Jon Grisham, and Bob Dylan get together and say, “Let’s make a movie!” No, this isn’t the set-up of a joke. And Bob Dylan’s Grey Water Park Productions is set to produce. Here’s the synopsis of Grisham’s book:
It’s the summer of 1973, and Joe Castle is the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone has ever seen. Then Warren throws a fastball that will change their lives forever. At the time, ballgames would usually only stick with one ball, no matter how damaged or dirty it got. People in all walks of life will be able to relate to it.” And, perhaps most surprising of all, Bob Dylan is also involved in the project, via his Grey Water Park Productions. While Grisham is primarily known for his legal thrillers,   Calico Joe is about a baseball player in the 1970s who ends up in a coma for three decades after being struck by a pitch. George Clooney is considering directing   Calico Joe, a film adapted from the John Grisham novel of the same name. Chapman was struck in the head by a pitch and died 12 hours later. Variety is reporting the   Calico Joe movie news, stating that George Clooney and producing/writing partner   Grant Heslov are developing the project with Clooney possibly directing as well. The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas, dazzles Chicago Cubs fans as he hits home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shatters all rookie records. After Chapman’s death lead   Major League Baseball established a rule to replace a ball during a game whenever it got dirty.