In what will be their first scripted project, Major League Baseball is developing a miniseries about baseball icon Babe Ruth. Although they have consulted on a number of baseball movies over the years, including hits such as Moneyball and 42, this is the first script MLB has created internally.
Numerous films and documentaries have chronicled Ruth’s fascinating life, and for good reason. Not only was he one of the greatest baseball players of all time, his wild, extravagant life off the field was equally entertaining. Early in his career, Ruth distinguished himself as a talented pitcher for the Red Sox, but of course he is best remembered for his amazing achievements as a slugger for the New York Yankees, which earned him the nickname “The Sultan of Swat.”
About the new miniseries, little information has emerged so far, but we do know that the highly accomplished filmmaker Allen Coulter is set is to direct and executive produce. Best known for his work on The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, Coulter is also currently directing and producing the upcoming Martin Scorsese rock music drama Vinyl.
John Goodman’s portrayal of Ruth in the 1992 feature The Babe is probably the most memorable one to date. It will be interesting to see who will step up to the plate in the new miniseries.
This production, which is intended to appeal to sports fans and non-sports fans alike, is said to reveal details of The Bambino’s colorful life that are not widely known. The untitled program does not yet have a network lined up.
If this miniseries is successful, it’s likely that MLB will queue up other similar projects.