On Thursday, appropriately National High Five Day (don’t get the reference…check out this video), Jamie Lee Curtis announced via Twitter that she, along with Amazon Studios, would be bringing the life of Glenn Burke to the silver screen.
First…a little about Burke.
From 1976-1979, Burke played parts of four seasons in the Majors, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s. But as impressive as his combination of power and speed was (dude was heralded as “the next Willie Mays”), it was his courage off the field that made headlines.
In 1982, the former outfielder came out as homosexual, thus ending any real chance he had at possibility making any sort of comeback.
Burke was found to have AIDS in 1994. Less than a year later, he was dead.
Word of the biopic first made news in March 2014 after screenwriter Ross Katz was reportedly brought in to pen the movie version of the 1995 autobiography Out at Home Burke wrote with Erik Sherman.
“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,” Curtis told Deadline in 2014. “Our film will clearly honor the force and the struggle to get there.”
One of the last photos of Glenn Burke alive.