As reported yesterday, HBO plans to develop a film-umentay using "Game of Shadows' the Fainaru-Wada and Williams book documenting the BALCO imbroglio. Obviously Barry Bonds would play a major role in the docu-drama. By reports, Bonds is not overjoyed about his star in the sidewalk in Hollywood.
''On top of everything else, Barry was not happy to hear about this,'' a close Bonds buddy told me Thursday.
At least Bonds should be happy the HBO project will be directed by Ron Shelton, who has carved out a solid niche in the world of sports flicks with standouts such as ''Bull Durham,'' ''Tin Cup" and ''White Men Can't Jump.'' Though less successful, Shelton's ''Cobb,'' starring Tommy Lee Jones, was another baseball movie focused on a guy (Ty Cobb) with a personality as testy as Bonds'.
The film will be based on Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports, the book penned by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams. The authors broke many stories in the San Francisco Chronicle about the nutrition company accused of distributing illegal steroids to athletes, including Bonds, Yankees slugger Jason Giambi and disgraced Olympic gold-medal-winning sprinter Marion Jones.
Come-on Barry, no time for the r-word rage; Shelton is a great director. This is the opportunity to bury McGwire and Sosa, forever. On the big big big screen.
Maybe Barry could help out with the casting?