The Natural Director Barry Levinson To Helm Hank Aaron Biopic

Barry Levinson is no stranger to the game of baseball - in fact, he wouldn't be as notable a name without the sport. While his first film, Diner, was tremendously well received, his second film, The Natural with Robert Redford, is considered by many to be a classic. Levinson hasn't made a movie about the game since, but it would seem he's getting the itch again.

Variety has learned that the filmmaker has signed on to helm a new biopic about the life and times of Hank Aaron, one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived. The project, which is being written by Adam Mazer, is being based on The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron and will be set between the years of 1972 and 1974 when Aaron was chasing Babe Ruth's all time home run record.

In a statement about the project, Aaron, who is now 78 years old, said "This was a difficult time in my life, but I'm confident we can all learn a little something from looking back at those times." Aaron held the record for most career home runs - 755 - from 1974 to 2007, when Barry Bonds hit number #716 (albeit with the aid of performance enhancing drugs). This is not the only classic baseball story currently in development as Brian Helegeland is directing 42, a movie about Jackie Robinson starring Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, and Chardwick Boseman.

Levinson hasn't directed a feature since 2008's dull-as-dirt What Just Happened, but recently earned a claim for helming the HBO film You Don't Know Jack, with Al Pacino.

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