Netflix and Aggregate have inked a deal to snag the rights to David Gauvey Herbert’s 2021 Esquire magazine article “Daddy Ball.”
The series, which will bare a new title, is being developed into an eight-episode limited series starring “Ozark” and Game Night star Jason Bateman. Bateman, no stranger to television having cut his teeth on the medium and returned to over the past couple of decades, is directing the show.
Per Deadline, there were eight offers on the table, but Netflix won it in an outright buy for an undisclosed sum.
Here’s the gist :
The article starts the way most dad-on-dad youth-sports rivalries do. But on the Long Island Inferno, two fathers, both with complicated pasts, took it all too far. There were claims of stalking, corrupt cops and mob connections. Neither man was ever the same.
Determined not to follow in his detached father’s footsteps, Bobby Sanfilippo found himself doing quite the opposite with his son. He became entangled in an epic travel baseball dad-on-dad rivalry with a man named John Reardon that led tabloids to call him “a Suffolk County Steinbrenner,” “seriously sick,” and one of the worst dads in youth-sports history. It starts in the world of Little League baseball and expands into a Beef-like war between two smalltime criminal fathers. Both Sanfilippo and Reardon have rap sheets of their own, but what went down in the summer of 2012 at Baseball Heaven will define them and their families forever. Stalking claims, threatening text messages, and an unwarranted arrest later at the heart of it all, it’s a story about the lengths fathers will go for their sons.
Bateman, Michael Costigan and Roxie Rodriguez will be co-executive producers for Aggregate.