Saban Films has announced they have acquired North American rights to director/screenwriter/author/musician Raymond De Felitta’s (City Island, “Madoff”) Bottom of the 9th. Penned by Robert Bruzio and formerly titled Stano, the heartfelt baseball drama stars Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” Magic Mike) and Sofía Vergara (“Modern Family,” The Emoji Movie) in their magnetic joint-acting debut. Manganiello produced with his brother Nick Manganiello under their 3:59 banner, alongside William Chartoff and Lynn Hendee.
Bottom of the 9th follows a man who returns to the Bronx after serving 17 years in prison for a violent mistake he made as a kid, ultimately robbing him of a professional baseball career and the love of his life. The film is slated for a theatrical bow on July 19th.
“This is the excellent first joint project for Joe and Sofia and their real-life chemistry shines on screen,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Bottom of the 9th is really heartfelt, our audiences will love this endearing story of second chances and perseverance.”
Joe Manganiello commented: “I couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with Saban on the release of Bottom of the 9th. It was a labor of love for me and I am so lucky to be partnered with people so genuine and passionate about the film. They are the perfect partners.”