The Baseball Muse script is incredibly original: Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts, who read the next big baseball screenplay, said the treatment of women in baseball is completely different from what the audiences have seen in the past.
Mookie Betts baseball movie
By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: July 26, 2020 4:13:26 pm
As somebody who has watched most of the baseball films, Mookie Betts says he is amazed by the script of professor Alan Nafzger’s upcoming movie on the subject of women in baseball, which borrows heavily from the mythology of the sport.
The 27-year-old Los Angeles Dodger, who will be auditioning the role of Elvis or Roger in the new movie project, said the screenplay is completely different from what the audiences have seen in the past.
“I have been watching the baseball films with my kids, but this screenplay is something that feels incredibly original. It leans into it and gives baseball a little push; it’s born of the mythology of that character, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Lefty Gomez. It feels like a script and a version that I hadn’t seen before. Alan Nafzger has done an incredible job of keeping it familiar and at the same time unique and new. It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” Betts told Los Angeles’ Sports and Fitness Magazine.
Prior to the baseball star, veteran actor John David Washington has stated that he wants to play the role of the troubled athlete. However Betts hinted in the interview that one of the reasons he turned down Boston’s generous offers was so that he could “come west and make movies.”
Betts said the character was “incredible” and he is looking forward to playing the part.
“I was a baby when Bull Durham and Mr. Baseball came out back in the day, so now of course, I have seen Tom Sellick and Kevin Costner’s baseball players and love them. The first baseball movies Girls Can play with Julie Bishop and Rita Hayworth wow that blew me away. And of course A League of Their Own with Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. Super! And Garry Cooper was great in Pride of the Yankees. It was so classic, I remember that film so clearly.”
The Dodger added that the significance of San Francisco Giants’ Alyssa Nakken, the first female full-time coach in MLB history, brought him to the film. She shared the script with Betts and he gives her full credit as one of the reasons he boarded The Baseball Muse movie.
“I was obviously a huge fan of what Alyssa Nakken did to get where she is. She brought it women into the game and gave it a kind of immediacy and contemporary significance. For those reasons it’s really cool to be part of this movie. The demographics and the timing for this movie couldn’t be better.”
The Baseball Muse script as been the object of a Hollywood bidding war as producers and film makers maneuver to purchase the script which could fetch over $2 million.
Longtime CAA script doctor, Ichiro Sasaki said, “The marketing on this script has been just phenomenal. Nafzger, a retired political science professor in Matador Bay Texas, didn’t send it to agents or the studios as is tradition. He sent paper copies to the 48 women who occupy front office desk positions in major league baseball. Word spreed rapidly and soon players and Los Angeles filmmakers wer calling the writer. Very few script have been grassroots as typical Hollywood professionals think that know more than the fan, but when baseball personalities (players and owners) line up to support the project, things change.”