Redford Baseball Movie Has a Writer and Director

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Robert Redford has been trying to get a film about baseball great Jackie Robinson together for a while now.  It seems the film has taken a giant leap forward.  The Los Angeles Times is reporting that screenwriter Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, L.A Confidential) will both write and direct the untitled film.

Redford would play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who discovered and signed Jackie Robinson.  There is no word on who will play the great Robinson.

The film will follow the complex relationship between Rickey and Robinson and focus on the color barrier in basball in the 1940s.

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"No one really knows the Rickey part, the political maneuvers and the partnership they had to share," Redford told the newspaper. "It's the story underneath the story you thought you knew."

Still sounds like the film is in its early stages, but it's well on its way.

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Robert Redford is an Academy Award-winning director, actor, and producer from Santa Monica.  Redford made his big screen debut in 1962, but became a true star after his starring role in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969.

During the 70's, Redford was one of the biggest names in Hollwyood, starring in such movies as The Great Gatsby, Three Days of the Condor, and All the President's Men.  Redford has continued success and has still been involved in Hollywood in movies such as The Natural, Sneakers, Indecent Proposal, The Horse Whisperer, and Lions of Lambs.

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