Director Chris Columbus has acquired the rights to the film version of the book Calico Joe - the last novel of the famous American writer John Grisham, author, known for so-called "legal thrillers", often portrayed in Hollywood. The producer of the first two Harry Potter films plans to adapt the text of the work and take a picture on it.
Calico Joe was published in April this year on the bestseller list, and according to New York Times made its debut soon in the first place. Grisham's book, who once dreamed of making a career, tells the story of a young man named Joe Castle from the town of Calico Rock, Arkansas - a young and promising baseball player, for a short time proved to be a promising player and earned a good reputation among fans. But his brilliant career in the major league could suspend a fateful throw the ball.
The plot of the novel was inspired by real-life story of Ray Chapman of the athlete's team Cleveland Indians - the only professional baseball player who died on the playing field.
In official statement about buying the rights to bestseller Chris Columbus said: "When I finished reading this beautiful, very touching book, I immediately began to dissipate a movie in my head. I knew that simply must be adapted and directed by Calico Joe. This story appeals to the universal themes of betrayal, tragedy and redemption. It has the potential to turn into classic film, and I will be honored to be part of this project. "
The most recent adaptation of the novel of the writer was a series "The Firm" with Juliette Lewis, is shown on TV this year. In 2004 was released family film "Christmas with the Kranks," based on a comic book, Grisham 2001. The script for this film with Tim Allen and Dan Aykroyd, incidentally, also wrote Columbus.
The director of "Mrs. Doubtfire" the last time replenished his portfolio in 2010 with the movie "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief." List of projects of producer Columbus is updated much more frequently. For example, in 2011 he added a triumphal "The Help."