“We wanted to make a movie about Jimmy,” Ganz told the magazine, revealing that he and co-writer Babaloo Mandel were paid to write the script for a movie that never came to fruition. Here is the plot, as described by Ganz:
“It will be about his career before he entered the women’s baseball league, and then it will ignore that, and the final act will be his career after that, where he received got the job of managing a men’s baseball team and actually favored an older Black player he met in the prequel, to give him one last shot. or two years later Jackie Robinson. Tom cares, and we can’t get Columbia to say yes to it.”
As Davis later pointed out, the film the screenwriters had in mind didn’t actually include any women in the original film, which seems like a rather blinding oversight given that the film says about femininity and real ways to break through- Life Team was able to subvert gender roles during a rather sexist period in American history. As much as Hanks “There’s no crying in baseball!” has become part of our collective pop culture memory, his character is actually quite a villain in the movie. Even the world collective Tom Hanks-mania failed to make a prequel centered around his character at the expense of all the rest making sense.
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