Ezra Edelman to Direct Roberto Clemente Baseball Biopic for Legendary

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The filmmaker won an Oscar last year for his acclaimed documentary 'O.J.: Made in America.'

Ezra Edelman is taking to the mound to direct Legendary's biopic about famed baseball player Roberto Clemente.

Last year, Edelman won an Oscar and an Emmy for his acclaimed documentary O.J.: Made in America.

He will develop the Clemente film with writer Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Legendary previously acquired the rights to David Maraniss’ 2006 book, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, as well as striking an agreement with the late Clemente’s family for his life rights.

Clemente was a Puerto Rican baseball player who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. In December 1972, he boarded a heavily loaded plane plane en route from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to assist with earthquake relief. The small aircraft crashed just off the Puerto Rican coast, and Clemente’s body was never recovered. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.

John Lesher will produce the biopic alongside Fuego Films’ Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder, with Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito set to executive produce.

Edleman is repped by CAA. He also is attached to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell for Fox.

Phillips is a prolific author, poet and sportswriter.