Bill Murray might play Joe Maddon in the Cubs World Series movie

Big League Stew

After breaking a 108-year World Series drought, a Chicago Cubs movie seemed inevitable. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s probably going to happen, and Cubs superfan Bill Murray might play a prominent role.

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Murray is in talks to portray Cubs manager Joe Maddon in the film adaptation of veteran catcher David Ross’ book, “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” The film would just be called “Teammate.”

According to Deadline Hollywood, the film is set to be directed by Shane Abbess and produced by Chicagoan Ted Field. Abbess’ most recent film, “Infini,” has a 33 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Field has a lengthy history as a producer, working on “Jumanji,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” and “The Last Samurai.”

Bill Murray has been studying this role longer than we realized. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Bill Murray has been studying this role longer than we realized. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The story should write itself here. Anyone who has followed baseball is well aware of the Cubs’ 108-year drought and rise to prominence. Not only that, but Game 7 of the World Series was filled with so much drama and excitement that it should transition seamlessly to the big screen. People unfamiliar with the game might even complain that the whole thing seems too cliché for a film.

As for the casting, we suppose Murray works. We are a little disappointed Bradley Whitford didn’t get the nod. He looked the part in “Get Out.”

We’ll leave the rest of the casting choices up to you in the comments. We’re sure you can come up with some inspired options. Our only concerns are whether they can find an actor as dreamy as Kris Bryant, and whether they can stick John Lackey in there just for the hell of it.

Eddie Vedder has already been tapped to write the soundtrack. OK, he hasn’t yet, but that news has to be coming soon, right?

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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