Film based on Clemente in the works
Legendary Pictures reportedly working on biopic
PITTSBURGH -- Roberto Clemente's remarkable life story is headed for the big screen.
Legendary Pictures is reportedly working on a biopic featuring the Pirates legend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company has picked up the rights to David Maraniss' book Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero and reached an agreement with the Clemente family for his life rights.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Clemente spent his entire 18-year career with the Pirates. He was a 15-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, the 1966 National League MVP and 1971 World Series MVP.
Clemente compiled 3,000 career hits in Pittsburgh and in 1973 became the first Latin American player inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Clemente was well known not just for his passion for the game, but also for his charity work in the Caribbean. He died tragically on New Year's Eve in 1972, at the age of 38, in a plane crash while attempting to offer emergency aid to Nicaragua following a massive earthquake.
Legendary Pictures is the same studio that produced 42, the 2013 film depicting Jackie Robinson's journey as he broke baseball's color barrier.