Hollywood actors George Clooney and Grant Heslov have collaborated with Bob Dylan to adapt John Grisham’s baseball-themed novel, ‘Calico Joe’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Calico Joe is John Grisham’s first baseball novel mixed with both facts and fiction. The novel published in 2012, is described as a “moving story about fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball.”
Clooney is excited to direct the feature with Grant Heslov as the producer, reported the US-based entertainment website. The project will be the part of the duo’s Smokehouse Pictures banner. And on the other hand, Bob Dylan is producing under his Grey Water Mark Productions.
The development of the project is being financed by ZQ Entertainment, Former CAA agent and producer Ara Keshishian’s newly-launched company and a multi-million dollar financing and development fund managed by Petr Jakl, which is being represented by attorney Martin J Barab.
The main focus here is on developing a “high-end film and television” project, according to the company, which made the announcement on Thursday. Jakl, Keshishian, and Barab will also be the executive producers of the film.
In a collective statement, Keshishian and Jakl said, “The calibre of talent involved, and quality of John Grisham’s amazing book is the exact type of content we are looking to develop and produce. Smokehouse’s track record speaks for itself and we look forward to working with them and the legendary Bob Dylan to bring this story to life.”