In what may be a case of perfect symmetry, just as recent news of openly gay athletes like football’s Michael Sam’s recent coming out and the NBA’s Jason Collins taking the big step last year continues to make headlines, a new project based on a 1970s gay baseball player has found its writer.
According to Deadline, Ross Katz, who Exec Produced the gay-themed “The Laramie Project” and directed the Kevin Bacon/HBO pic “Taking Chance,” has signed on to write the story of Los Angeles Dodger and Oakland A’s Glenn Burke, who didn’t come out publicly until after he retired but reportedly was out to his teammates and management while an active played and at a time when it was much more difficult to do so.
Katz climbs on board with Juma Entertainment’s Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Horowitz with the project, which is based on Burke’s memoir “Out At Home,” which was published in 1995, the same year as the athlete’s death due to AIDS-related causes.
Of the story, Curtis said, “With Michael Sam’s brave and bold statement, he joins the Trifecta of American sports, Glenn Burke — MLB, Jason Collins — NBA, Michael Sam — NFL , dealing with gay athletes, and forcing open the door permanently,” said Curtis. “Our film will clearly honor the force and the struggle to get there.”