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Monday 20 October 2014

Crystal directing new baseball film

Billy Crystal is set to direct a baseball movie

Billy Crystal has revealed he is planning to direct again, and is working on a baseball movie about one man's 17 year struggle to make it into the major leagues.

The Monsters University star is a huge baseball fan and directed TV movie 61* in 2001, about the sport.

Billy told he is getting behind the camera again for another true story baseball film, this time for the big screen.

He said: "We're developing one now of a book that was written in the mid 50s. It's a really wonderful, unusual baseball novel that Chris Columbus sent me after he saw 61* that we've finally got the rights to, that we're working on now.

"It's a very small, little story, but it eventually involves the Reserve Clause and players in the 50s and the starting of the influx of Latin players. It's based on a true story of a player who took 17 years in the minors before he got to the majors, and plays in one game. It's a really unusual baseball story called Man On Spikes, written by Eliot Asinof, who was a blacklisted writer. And we're writing the script now."

The 65-year-old actor has just reprised his role as the voice of Monsters Inc's Mike Wazowski in sequel Monster's University.

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