A while ago, we brought you news that there may be a Dock Ellis movie on the way. For those who aren’t too familiar with Ellis, he’s the dude that threw a no-hitter…on LSD. Seriously:
And now it appears that he’s actually getting the biopic treatment. Per Deadline:
Forty-seven years ago today, one of the most important moments in baseball history was made: Pirates’ player Dock Ellis took to the mound and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. Ten years later it was revealed that Ellis accomplished that feat while high on LSD. Now the story of Dock Ellis is coming to the big screen with O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) attached to star in the title role of Dock. David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube are producing from a script by Joey Poach. They are out to directors now.
Dock is the first project to come from Cube Vision’s strategic partnership with AID Partners, a media investment company founded by Hong Kong entrepreneur Kelvin Wu that calls for Cube Vision to develop its own slate, hire its own screenwriters and then bring fully developed projects to studios.
This is pretty heavy material, but Jackson should have a handle on it. His debut in Straight Outta Compton, as well as his turn in Ingrid Goes West, shows that he knows his way in front of a camera. I’m looking forward to this.