Bob Dylan, George Clooney Team for Film Adaptation of Baseball Novel Calico Joe

Daniel Kohn
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Bob Dylan is dipping his toes in the Hollywood waters again.

The singer-songwriter will produce Calico Joe, which is a 2012 book by John Grisham about a Chicago Cubs phenom from the 1970s whose life is changed after a near-fatal pitch. The story will chronicle all involved — the batter, the pitcher and the pitcher’s son — in its aftermath. Per the film’s logline, “Calico Joe is a surprising and moving story about fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball.”

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George Clooney will direct the film and will produce alongside Grant Heslov for Smokehouse Pictures.

“George and Grant see in this book what I see in it – a powerful story that will resonate with young and old alike. People in all walks of life will be able relate to it, “ Dylan said in a statement.

In recent years, the reclusive Dylan has steadily emerged as a force in Hollywood. He starred as himself in Martin Scorsese’s kinda, sorta, but not really documentary Rolling Thunder Revue and he is also executive producing a biography of his life that will star none other than Timotheé Chalamet.

Smokehouse and Dylan are represented by CAA, and Grisham by The Gernert Company.

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