Geoffrey Fletcher will reportedly pen a script about Hank Aaron and his chase to break Major League Baseball’s all-time home run record in the 1970s. The film is tentatively titled 715! and Mike Tollin will produce the project while Richard Saperstein finances it.
Fletcher is an Academy Award-winning writer who is best known for his work on Precious. The Connecticut native also worked on Mike Tyson: The Knockout and Trial By Fire. Alongside Fletcher, Mike Tollin will also bring in more than 30 years of entertainment experience. Over the years, he has worked on All That, One Tree Hill and Smallville. In the sports realm, he has also worked on a number of projects, including The Last Dance, The Redeem Team and The Captain.
Fletcher and Tollin will bring one of the most iconic athletes and sports moments in history to life. The 25-time MLB All-Star picked up an NL MVP and a World Series title in 1957. His on-field accomplishments all led to April 8, 1974 when he hit his 715th home run, surpassing Babe Ruth.
Fletcher, Tollin and company are in pre-production and aim to release the film in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Aaron’s record-setting home run.