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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Updated: November 16, 10:31 AM ET
Group secures Josh Hamilton movie

By Richard Durrett
ESPNDallas.com

Relativity Media has secured the rights to the feature film about free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton's life, which will be directed and written by Casey Affleck, according to a deadline.com report.

The report says that Relativity Media also has the rights to Hamilton's biography, "Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back," which Hamilton co-authored with Tim Keown.

Thunder Road Pictures' Kent Kubena will be the executive producer, with Hamilton and his wife, Katie, co-producing with business manager Steve Reed, an arrangement that was reported in June. Back then, the Hamiltons said through a statement that they would be "an integral part of the film's creative direction and accuracy as the project develops."

Hamilton, 31, is a free agent after five seasons with the Texas Rangers, who acquired the star outfielder in a trade prior to the 2008 season.

Hamilton was the first overall selection in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, but his career was slowed by drug and alcohol addiction. He arrived in the majors in 2007 and wowed fans with his performance at the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium.

The American League MVP in 2010, Hamilton helped the Rangers make consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.