Clooney and Heslov will produce the film, through their company Smokehouse Pictures, with Gray Water Park Productions by Bob Dylan.

“John wrote a beautiful story and the chance to collaborate with Bob to bring it to the screens is fantastic,” Clooney and Heslov said, according to

Dylan said, “George and Grant see in this book what I see in it — a powerful story that will resonate with young and old alike. People from all walks of life will be able to relate to her. “

„Calico Joe” was published in 2012. The action of the novel is set in the 1970s and focuses on the end of the career of a promising baseball player, a fictional character, who spent 30 years in a coma. The story was inspired by the real tragedy of Ray Chapman, killed during a match in 1920, but also by Grisham’s personal experience.

Clooney and Heslov were awarded the Oscar for “Argo”, which they produced. Clooney was nominated for the American Academy Awards for “Good Night, and Good Luck” and Heslov as the producer of the 2006 drama.