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How great is the story at the heart of the doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball? Only a handful of people have seen the film so far, which documents the history of independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks, which had a Hollywood pedigree and earned a huge fanbase thanks to earnest, accomplished play. The film just premiered at Sundance. There isn’t even a distribution deal set for the doc. Nevertheless, it is already set to be adapted into a dramatic feature, with Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin producing and set to direct.

Update: Actually, Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) will write and direct, with Lin producing, contrary to the first report about the project. That’s actually a very appropriate call, as we explain below.

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Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t done a whole lot of Westerns in his 20-year career (1995′s The Quick and the Dead notwithstanding), but that may be changing soon with a couple of new projects. Earlier this summer, we reported on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which would see DiCaprio in the role of villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie, and now DiCaprio is said to be eyeing an adaptation of Boston Teran‘s Western novel The Creed of Violence. Todd Field (Little Children) is attached to direct, as he has been for several years. Read more details after the jump.

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