Chris Columbus To Helm John Grisham Baseball Novel 'Calico Joe'

Chris Columbus’ 1492 Pictures has acquired the rights to John Grisham’s bestselling novel Calico Joe, and Columbus will adapt it himself and direct. Set in the world of Major League Baseball, the novel is about fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption. Book was published in April by Doubleday and has been atop the New York Times bestseller list since it hit bookshelves.

“When I finished this beautiful, deeply moving novel, I immediately started to see the movie in my head,” Columbus said. “I knew that I had to write and direct Calico Joe. The story deals with universal themes of betrayal, tragedy and redemption. It has the potential to be a classic film and I am honored to be a part of it.” – Chris Columbus

Said Grisham: “Calico Joe is a special story that I worked on for five years. I can’t wait to see Chris’s adaptation of it.” – John Grisham

Grisham will executive produce, and Columbus will produce with his partners, 1492 Pictures’ President Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. They most recently produced The Help.

Columbus and 1492 Pictures are repped by WME. Grisham is repped by David Gernert of The Gernert Company.

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