(AllHipHop News) The late Pittsburgh Pirates player made history 47 years ago on Monday (June 12) when he threw a no-hitter, a game in which the opposing team is unable to record a single hit, against the San Diego Padres.
However, 10 years after the 1970 feat, Ellis stunned fans and experts alike when he claimed he had been high on psychedelic drug LSD at the time of the achievement.
Hacksaw Ridge’s David Permut and Jeff Kwatinetz are also attached as producers.
A director has yet to be announced, but the script was penned by Joey Poach.
“Joey Poach’s script is one of the most heartfelt, honest and emotional pieces of material I’ve read in years, and I think the complexities of the character are a perfect fit for O’Shea,” Permut declares in a statement.
Ellis, who confessed he had never pitched a game sober, subsequently sought professional treatment for his addiction issues, and later became a counselor for other professional athletes.
He died from a liver problem in 2008, aged 63.
The baseball biopic will mark the second movie project Ice Cube and his son will have worked on together as Jackson played a younger version of the hip-hop icon in another real-life story, 2015’s Straight Outta Compton., which chronicled the musician’s rise to fame in his band N.W.A.
Ice Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, Sr., also served as a producer on that film.