American documentary director, Ezra Edelman, signed on to create a biographical movie about Roberto Clemente. Edelman won both an Emmy and an Academy Award for directing the five-part miniseries “O.J.: Made in America.”
No announcement was made as to when the Clemente feature film will hit theaters, but it will be produced by Legendary, the same studio that made the 2013 film “42.”
Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 after playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. On December 31, 1972, Clemente was flying from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to participate in earthquake relief, when the plane crashed and Clemente’s body was never found.
According to Variety, Edelman will be joined by a team that includes writer Rowan Ricardo Philips as well as producers John Lesher, Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder. Executive producers will be Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito. Fernandez is a television journalist whose work has been seen on CBS and NBC, Condito is the President of Production and Development for Straight Up Films.
In 2014 Lesher won the Best Picture Academy Award for the film Birdman. Ben Silverman served as executive producer of The Office and Jane The Virgin among other shows. Jay Weisleder, recently produced the biographical film Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro, which tells the story of boxer Roberto Durán.
Writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ accolades include the Whiting Award for poetry, the author of four books and a sportswriter.