February 19, 2010
There has long been talk of a movie being made about the time that Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich famously swapped wives in the 1970s.
Now, thanks to one of the most famous Red Sox fans, it appears that the project is finally going places in Hollywood.
According to Deadline,
O'Bannion Ben Affleck has become "attached to direct and potentially star in the ... film."
And because of Affleck's presence, rumors are naturally floating that the picture could also star
Mike McDermott Matt Damon and force the two Red Sox fans to traipse in front of cameras in pinstripes.
"So why has The Trade suddenly become such a hot property? I'm told a lot of it is the writing of Dave Mandel, best known for Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Mandel agreed to pen the project years ago, but it got stalled over life rights and other issues.
"By the time those things were cleared, Mandel was well paid and in high demand. He agreed to write the script at the originally contracted (i.e. bargain) price, with the understanding he would get to it when he could. He proved worth the wait, turning in a screenplay that has the feel of a Hal Ashby movie."
Take that, Billy Beane and Brad Pitt!
It seems like we've been hearing about this movie and Affleck's possible involvement for years and it's good to see that it's finally moving ahead. In this age of supersized sports sex, I can't imagine that a film about the goofiest sports sex story won't be a hit.