Shelton to direct film about embattled slugger
Ross Greenburg, the HBO Sports president who exec produced Roger Maris biopic “61*,” Michael Greenburg (“Stargate SG-1”), who’s now exec producer of Score Prods., and Shelton. Norville will co-produce. Bonds, who will be arraigned next month, is painted in “Game of Shadows” as a gifted player who made a Faustian bargain to increase his power. Bonds was already considered one of baseball’s best players when he allegedly turned to performance-enhancing drugs after watching bulked-up sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa race to break Maris’ single-season record of 61 homers in 1998. By the time a muscle-bound Bonds broke McGwire’s single-season record of 70 and passed Henry Aaron’s all-time mark of 755 homers, his accomplishments were derided by media convinced he got there by cheating. Shelton’s sports-film directing credits include “Bull Durham,” the Ty Cobb feature “Cobb,” “Tin Cup” and “White Men Can’t Jump.”
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