Victor & Grais Prods. has acquired “The Long Shot,” a biopic of journeyman baseball player Jim Eisenreich, from tyro scribe Rick Hill for mid- to high-six figures.
Eisenreich battled Tourette’s syndrome to become a successful major league outfielder on teams including the Minnesota Twins, the Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Mark Victor, Michael Grais and Mark Skelly had been eyeing the script for six months.
Victor & Grais plans to produce the pic and is seeking a director. Several production houses and studios, including Sony, are interested in the project.
Victor & Grais most recently wrapped “Christina’s House,” starring Brad Rowe. It is also producing the Showtime pic “Unanswered Questions” and developing the remake of “I Married a Witch” at Columbia with Frank Price and Cruise/Wagner Prods. from a script by Robert Harling.
Hill is managed by VGS Management, which is also trying to land him a gig as the writer on the Pete Rose story, recently acquired by Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures.
The Eisenreich deal was brokered by Greg Mayo of the Orange Grove Group and attorney Barry Felson.
Separately, Victor & Grais has tapped Mary Ann Rounseville director of development.