Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has announced she will produce a film based on the life of openly gay former baseball player, Glenn Burke.
The biopic titled Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story will follow Burke’s life as a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland A’s in the late 1970s. While he was out to his team mates and coaches during his career, Burke did not come out publicly until 1982 – once he had stopped playing professionally.
Lost In Translation producer Ross Katz has signed on to work on the film alongside Curtis, as well as adapting the script from Burkes’ 1995 memoirs.
With several athletes coming out in recent months, Curtis says that it is the perfect time for this film to be made and hopes that it will inspire other athletes who may still be in the closet. She 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”.
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