We all know the Los Angeles Dodgers won the world series, but one of the biggest stars coming out of the playoffs was Tampa Bay Rays player Randy Arozarena.
The breakout star, who came from Cuba to fuel the Rays’ playoff run, has a truly inspiring story.
He escaped Cuba on a makeshift boat, landed in Mexico, and started a new life there before making his way to the U.S. and eventually, his major league debut in 2017. Arozarena currently holds the MLB record for most home runs in a single postseason with 10. In his rookie postseason, Arozarena broke Barry Bonds’ record for most home runs as well as Derek Jeter’s record for most hits by a rookie. He was also named MVP of the ALCS.
Now Hollywood wants to make a movie about his life. Wonderfilm Media is in development on the film. The script is being written by Brad Gann, who wrote the 2006 sports drama, Invincible.
No word on when this film might start casting, but we imagine the script is still in the very early stages of development, so don’t expect to see this film until at least 2022.
In the meantime, check out some highlights of Arozarena…
You may have heard reports saying Dave Franco was set to play Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic. For months, those reports were nothing more than rumors, but now we have official confirmation.
During an interview with Insider, Franco confirmed that he will be playing the rapper in the upcoming biopic, To The Extreme.
We have been in development for a while, but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction. With [‘The Disaster Artist’], people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of [‘The Room ‘director] Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well.
The script for this movie made The Black List in 2018, which is an annual survey of the most liked unproduced scripts of the year, voted on by studio and production company execs.
The description for the biopic reads:
From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts and selling out as he makes music history.
No word on when filming will begin on this project, due to the ongoing pandemic, but Franco is hopeful it’ll be soon.
In the meantime, he’s been talking to Mr. Ice on the phone a lot…
Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy, and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know. Just talking to him, I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.
Zachary Levi first shot to fame on the NBC series ‘Chuck‘ which was criminally underrated. Following the series, Levi has transitioned to the land of features, and just last year he starred in the huge superhero flick Shazam!
Now, the 39-year-old actor is getting ready to take on another big project. It’s being reported that Levi will star as NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner in the biopic, ‘American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story‘
Lionsgate is the studio behind this flick, and production is expected to start later this year, obviously a bit dependent on the current pandemic.
Kurt’s story is one of relentless faith — in his own abilities but even more so in a higher power. When I read Kurt’s story, I identified with the quiet strength he found to persevere – that’s something I think anybody can recognize in their own lives. This is the kind of underdog story that sports movies are all about, and the fact that it’s true makes it even more special. I’m thrilled to be part of bringing his story to audiences.
No word on a potential release date, but if filming does begin later this year, it’s possible this film gets released in the fall of 2021.
Whitney Houston had a wild life, so it’s no surprise to learn that Hollywood is turning it into a feature film.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten is reportedly writing the script for the biopic. He’s the writer behind the recent Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic.
As of right now, they’re working with the title ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘ and it’ll be a joint production between the Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave, and Clive Davis.
Stella Meghie, who helmed the recent romantic drama The Photograph starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, is in negotiations to direct.
No word on who might play Houston in this biopic, but you know there are several actresses wanting the role. If done right, it’ll be an awards season contender. McCarten has a track record for writing Oscar worthy films.
As mentioned above, he wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as the 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything. Both male leads in those films (Rami Malek and Eddie Redmayne) won the award for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
So yeah, the odds are looking good for this movie. Agents are probably allllll over this.
One of the hottest young actors in Hollywood is about to get even hotter. Multiple sources have confirmed that Timothee Chalamet is in talks to play Bob Dylan in a biopic on the folk singer’s life.
The film, which is being distributed by Fox Searchlight, is rocking with the title ‘Going Electric‘ at this moment. James Mangold, the director behind Ford v Ferrari, is expected to direct this biopic.
Going Electric will center around the pivotal moment when Dylan decided to make the leap from folk music to rock and roll, and the influence of his work.
Sources say Chalamet really wants this role. He’s already taking guitar lessons, so it will look natural when he’s playing on camera.
And the best news of all? Dylan is supportive of this project. He’s reportedly in close contact with Mangold and the production team to create an accurate retelling.
I have to say, I’m super excited about this. I’m not typically a huge biopic fan, but I am a huge fan of both Bob Dylan and Chalamet, so I’d love to see this happen.
Remember the 2011 hit ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love‘? The romantic comedy starring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Emma Stone was a hit with critics and the general audience, making nearly $150 million at the box office.
The directors behind the film, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, are teaming up again for the upcoming comedy biopic King of the Jungle.
King of the Jungle will tell the wild true story of rogue tech magnate McAfee, creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed in his fortune, left civilization and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set up a compound of guns, sex and madness run in Colonel Kurtz (the insane army officer in Apocalypse Now) fashion.
Zac Efron is set to star in the movie as Wired journalist Ari Furman, who believes he’s accepting a standard assignment to interview McAfee, “but once Furman arrives in Belize, however, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia as he becomes a person of interest in the murder of a neighbor.”
Sounds insane, and I am all about it. I can’t see this movie not being entertaining as hell.
You might be thinking, “What? Who is this Austin Butler dude?” Well, he’s Vanessa Hudgens’ boyfriend. That’s one thing. He’s also starred in a few Nickelodeon shows including Ned’s Declassified and Zoey 101.
So yeah, he’s been in the business since 2006, but this upcoming Elvis Presley biopic will definitely be his biggest role.
It was just announced that Butler will star in the upcoming biopic, which is being directed by Baz Luhrmann. The movie is expected to cover Elvis’ journey from dirt poor singer to global icon. It’ll also follow his complicated relationship with his manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Tom Hanks will be playing the role of his manager, so that’s probably why they didn’t feel forced to land a popular actor for the role of Elvis. If you have Tom Hanks co-starring, you can take a risk or two.
The film will shoot early next year in Queensland, Australia, with Warner Bros Pictures distributing worldwide. The film will trace Presley’s elevation to a level of stardom and celebrity matched only by The Beatles, set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
By the way, some people are claiming Butler only got the role because he’s the boyfriend of Hudgens, but uh, they’re so very wrong. Do they really think Hudgens has that kind of power in Hollywood? High School Musical was over a decade ago. She’s not a power player anymore.
Geez. Hollywood is going biopic crazy right now, which is a shame because most biopics are boring as hell. We told you about the Motley Crue biopic, we told you about the Elton John biopic, and now we’re telling you about the upcoming Hulk Hogan biopic.
“Deals for the Hogan project are in the midst of closing with Netflix. Producing will be Michael Sugar, the Academy Award winner behind Spotlight, who will produce via his Netflix-based Sugar23, and Phillips and Bradley Cooper, who will produce via their banner Joint Effort. Also producing will be Hemsworth and Eric Bischoff.
One of the biggest names in wrestling of all time, Hogan was a fixture on TV sets in 1980s America as part of the World Wrestling Federation who subsequently parlayed his championships-winning leg drops and star power into forays into movies and television, endorsements and video games.”
There was also the infamous sex tape scandal, which ultimately ended the Gawker website and brand. But according to insiders, this biopic will not focus on Hogan’s later years. Instead, it’ll focus on his rise to fame when he was younger, which honestly sounds far less interesting to me. GIVE ME THE JUICY SEX TAPE DRAMA!
No word on a release date, but we will keep you posted.
Machine Gun Kelly has been dipping his toes in the acting waters for a few years now. He had a small role in the recent Netflix hit ‘Bird Box‘ and now he’s ready to take the lead in the upcoming Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt.
MGK stars as the infamous Tommy Lee in the film, which is based on Motley Crue’s autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.
Douglas Booth will co-star as Nikki Sixx, Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and Iwan Rheon as Mick Mars.
The Dirt is scheduled to premiere on Netflix on March 22. The soundtrack for the film will be released the same day. It’ll include 14 Motley Crue songs and four brand new tracks.
Have you been craving more Vanilla Ice? If so, today might be a very good day for you. According to a new production listing, Dave Franco is set to star as Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic titled To The Extreme.
To The Extreme was the name of his record-breaking debut album, which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and includes the hit Ice Ice Baby.
“From a high school dropout selling used cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with Ice Ice Baby, a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.”
Screenwriters Phil Van and Chris Goodwin are set to write the script and James Franco is reportedly on board to produce. This project is obviously in the very early stages of development. It doesn’t even look like the script has been completed yet, so a lot could change.
“Per the listing, Ramona Films and Endeavor Content are the companies behind the biopic currently. Once a script is completed, they would likely look to partner with a major studio to bring the movie to life.”
We will keep you posted. But for right now, enjoy…