Warner Brothers Conference Room October, 2010:
"We need to think about a movie for fall 2012."
"Fall? That's the end of baseball season, right? What about a baseball movie?"
"Not a movie actually about baseball?"
"Heavens no, who would want that? No, I mean more baseball adjacent. Kind of like how there is almost no actual baseball in that Moneyball movie."
"ooh, I like that, they say Pitt might get an Oscar for that one."
"Exactly, maybe we go older, like some longtime baseball guy who is being forced out of the game by those Moneyball kids."
"Eastwood, he plays more broadly."
"No doubt. Did you know he's a Republican?"
"What?! No way!"
"I swear, Robert Lorenz, you know, his longtime producer buddy, told me."
"Hey, I hear Lorenz wants to direct, we should get him, that way we lock up old Clint for sure."
"A Republican in hollywood, wow. Well, at least we know he'll never admit to that in any kind of public forum. I like the Lorenz directing thing, I am a little worried that the whole movie may be skewing a little old."
"Easy, Clint will have a daughter who's estranged and the movie is a father-daughter deal with the back drop of baseball. Adult date night baby!"
"Emma Stone for the daughter?"
"She'll be hard to get, maybe we aim a little lower and grab an Amy Adams type."
"I love Adams but she really isn't going to get the young demo, is she?"
"No worries, we'll just give her a love interest who can double as the old guy's apprentice."
"Who are you thinking?"
"The pretty boy who always shows up on Saturday Night Live, you know? What's his name?"
"Yeah, the Backstreet Boy."
"Backstreet Boy, really?"
"Something like that. Who cares? The kid wants to be an actor now and the girls love him. Now all we do is throw some goofy supporting guys in."
"Like Goodman or Lillard or people like that?"
"Exactly, the movie makes itself."
"I like it, what do we call it?"
"I don't know, something with curve or pitch or something like that in there"
"We'll let the writers take a crack at the title and fix it."
"Perfect, I'll hire somebody."
"And I'll set the release date, end of September I'm thinking."
"Perfect, it wont have any competition then."