Written by Dan Malone on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Chris Columbus and 1492 Pictures have acquired the rights to John Grisham‘s baseball novel Calico Joe. He plans to both write and direct the film himself.

“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.”

John Grisham will be on the film as an executive producer. 1492 Pictures’ Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will be on as co-producers.

Films Chris Columbus has directed in the past include Home Alone 1 & 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, the first two Harry Potter movies and many others.

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