Jackie Robinson Movie Headed to Big Screen
06.01.11 by REELZ
Legendary Pictures will produce an upcoming biopic of hall-of-fame baseball star Jackie Robinson, Variety reports. Robinson broke new ground when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, becoming the first African-American professional baseball player to join the Major Leagues since 1889, when baseball became segregated. Over the course of his career, Robinson won Rookie of the Year, was selected to six All Star teams, and played in six World Series.
Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, is collaborating with the studio to maintain biographical authenticity. Helming the project as writer-director will be Brian Helgeland, whose previous writing credits include L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, and A Knight's Tale.
Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull made the announcement to the press.
We are deeply honored and grateful to be able to bring the Jackie Robinson story to audiences around the world. The legacy he left on history, society and the sport of baseball is one that will never be forgotten, and we are pleased to tell this amazing story of a true American hero.
In a separate story, The Wrap reported on a written statement from Rachel Robinson:
My family and I are thrilled to have this important film on Jack produced by Legendary Pictures. We are proud of his lasting impact on our society, and we know that the legacy he left is inspiring and worth preserving.
No word yet on casting or when the movie will hit theaters.