Tri-Laurel tries ‘Ballgame’

$10 mil set aside for minor league pic

Newly formed Tri-Laurel Prods. has acquired the film rights to “More Than a Ballgame — An Inside Look at Minor League Baseball,” a recently released book written by former minor league executive Sam Lazzaro.

Published by Pocahontas Press, the book presents a sometimes humorous, sometimes serious backstage view of life in the minor leagues. L.A.-based Tri-Laurel plans to develop the book into a motion picture with a budget of $10 million.

Lazzaro inked a profit percentage deal expected to earn him a minimum of $250,000. A scribe has not yet been attached to the project.

Two more projects are in the works for Tri-Laurel, which recently was founded by veteran film and TV producer Tom Cole, Point of View editor and publisher Diane Robison and “JAG” co-exec producer Charles Floyd Johnson. The first is “Now,” an hourlong dramatic series being targeted as a movie of the week, with pre-sales in Europe; second is “A Man of All Ages,” a book by Russell Robinson.

Cole envisions his company producing projects that will “reach the market that is looking for good stories well told, having to do with people’s lives.”

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