Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Lou Gehrig Movie in the Works


Color me “EXCITED!!!!!!” for this one Yankees fans, there is a new movie in the works and it will center around the Yankees former captain and the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig. Jay Russell will direct the movie “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.”

The movie will be based on the biography “Luckiest Man” by Jonathan Eig.

Lou Gehrig’s life was portrayed once already in the movie Pride of the Yankees which starred Gary Cooper and released in 1942. That movie was nominated for 11 Oscars. Russell states that this will not simply be a Pride of the Yankees remake but instead will be a “new depiction with a more contemporary style and approach” according to a report by Deadline.com.

Gehrig was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 after playing 17 seasons with the New York Yankees. While with the team Gehrig won seven American League pennants. Gehrig also played in 2,130 consecutive games before falling to ALS, or what is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig dies on June 2, 1941 almost two years after giving his famous “Luckiest Man” speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.


Russell has also directed the movies “My Dog Skip” and “Ladder 49.” I got goosebumps just writing this article so I can only imagine the emotions when I actually get to watch it. Stay tuned and enjoy the rest of your Saturday and your weekend. 

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