Random Factoid #530

9 01 2011

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Ted Williams, the man with the golden voice.  In four days, he became the ultimate rag-to-riches story for a country to rally behind.  Someone noticed his voice and uploaded a video of him on YouTube, and he became an instant Internet sensation.  By the end of the week, he was cleaned up, appearing on The Today Show, reuniting with his mom, and potentially employed as an announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Williams has said it will be a struggle for him to kick his drug habit but hopes he can turn his life around.


This is gold for Hollywood!  People love inspirational stories like these; look no further than “The Blind Side” earning a whopping $256 million at the box office in 2009.  And don’t forget Christian Bale’s character arc in “The Fighter” mirrors some of the same struggles and will likely win an Oscar.

The inspirational story of 2010 was the Chilean miners, and they have already had a movie made about them.  So take the poll below and/or leave a comment indicating how you feel about the state of the inevitable Ted Williams movie.

I’m looking forward to watching movies with my kids, like the Ted Williams story, and saying, “I remember when that happened!  I saw him on YouTube before he went on The Today Show.”  (And then I’m sure my kids will reply, “What’s YouTube?”)



2 responses

9 01 2011

I think you have to make this one fast. Since he’ll be doing v/o work no one will actually see him and he’ll be forgotten about fast. Now, unless there are more amazing tidbits of his life we don’t know about, I think this may be more of a basic cable TV film than theatrical release. I don’t think you have quite enough material. Seems ripe for the new OWN network!

9 01 2011

I also meant to ask if people thought it would be a Lifetime movie or be a major studio release. Thanks for bringing that up!

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