The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the talk of baseball for the better part of a year now thanks to young sensation Yasiel Puig. His story is rather incredible as he’s a Cuban defector who has gone on to become a star in Major League Baseball almost immediately in his career and things seem to always be a story when it involves him.
From making amazing plays to getting caught speeding to having his work ethic questioned and more, Puig is a walking tabloid story for baseball writers and it comes as no surprise that Hollywood is cashing in. Not only is Puig a star, but he’s a star in Los Angeles so the fact that Brett Ratner is developing a biopic about his life is hardly shocking, if not sort of unneeded.
In a heated competition, Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment have acquired the rights toJesse Katz’ article Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers.
While it seems a bit much that Puig is already getting a movie made about him, his story of escaping Cuba and finding the American dream is the type of story Hollywood gets hot and bothered for. They get especially hot an bothered when they can include themselves in the story, which is the case thanks to Puig’s ties to Los Angeles.
It’s unclear when production will start up on the film or if it will float around in Development Hell, but just the fact that Yasiel Puig is getting a movie made about him seems to play into everything baseball fans love and hate about him.