Yasiel Puig is already a star in Hollywood. But now he’s really going to be a Hollywood Star.
Puig’s story of escape from Cuba was told brilliantly by Jesse Katz of LA Magazine a couple of weeks ago. It’s a mesmerizing story of a talented but immature baseball star attempting to escape the Cuban dictatorship in order to create a better life for himself and succeed in America. This tale was built for Hollywood. Hollywood recognized.
After a week of intense negotiations Katz’s story has been sold to Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment and will be turned into a Hollywood Blockbuster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a heated competition, Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment have acquired the rights to Jesse Katz’ article Escape from Cuba: Yasiel Puig’s Untold Journey to the Dodgers. Ratner will produce the big-screen take with Beau Flynn, who will produce via his FlynnPictureCo. banner.
The article appeared earlier this month in Los Angeles Magazineand was one of two earth-shattering pieces detailing how Puig, now a star player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, tried to escape his home country of Cuba several times. He finally succeeded when he worked with a wealthy but shady sponsor and smugglers working for Mexico’s murderous drug cartel picked him up in a speed boat and took him to the Yucatan Peninsula.
But when his backer allegedly did not immediately pay up, the cartel held the famed baseball player captive for around 20 days. His journey ended successfully — he now has a seven-year, $42 million contract with the National League baseball team – for the piece also highlighted the dangers for other Cubans trying to find a better life in the U.S.
There is no word on when this movie is set to begin production, but needless to say it will be interest to see Puig’s story told on the big screen. Puig is one of the most interesting baseball players to ever hit U.S. soil and his story is almost unbelievable in it’s complexity. There is no doubt that Dodger fans, whether you adore or despise him, will show up in big numbers to see this film.
As for Puig, the man who steals the spotlight with every swing, dive, throw, and mistake, will now have an even brighter spotlight shined on him. He’s already a star but this film should launch him into another stratosphere. Whether that’s a benefit to him, his career, and the Dodgers organization is another story for another day.
The real question is this: Who is going to play the part of Puig?