VIRGINIA BEACH — Earlier this year, Patrick Montgomery set out to write a book about legendary baseball coach Marvin “Towny” Townsend. He did this because he knew of Townsend’s impact on the baseball community in Hampton Roads through the area’s first AAU program.
He also knew Townsend had shaped the lives and careers of thousands of athletes, including future Major League Baseball players like Michael Cuddyer, David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman, Mark Reynolds, and brothers Melvin “BJ” and Justin Upton. .
So he wrote the book “The Baseball Miracle of the Splendid 6 and Towny Townsend, Heartbreak, Inspiration, and How Baseball Can Be”..”
Montgomery is in Hampton Roads this weekend to promote the book, which will be officially released on Monday. He did a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble at the Peninsula Town Center in Hampton and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Barnes & Noble at Virginia Beach Town Center.
But now his book will become a movie.
The idea for the film came about after Montgomery shared his book with his friend, Aaron Paderewski, who is an actor, producer, director, and writer. He is known for his work with The Inspectors (2015), American Nightmare (2019) and Halloween (2018).
“I’m really excited because movies can be bigger and bigger, but with this you get more depth,” Montgomery said. “You’re able to explore different viewpoints and angles as well as see a richer depth to the characters. I can’t wait to see this game on screen.
Paderewski recalls when Montgomery told him about the idea for the Townsend book. He encouraged him to write it. When it was over, Montgomery gave him a copy and Paderewski was blown away.
“This Towny Townsend story has a lot of integrity to be a great feature film that I think American and global audiences would really enjoy,” he said.
Townsend’s sons, Sean and Chase, were already skeptical when Montgomery approached them about writing the book about their father, who died on April 4, 2007.
So imagine their response when they learned that Montgomery wanted to make a movie out of it.
“If they end up making a movie out of it,” Sean said, “that would be really awesome. Not many people can say that.”
They and their mother, Cathy, are taking a wait-and-see attitude to it all.
Montgomery said Cathy will serve as a consultant for the film.
“She’ll be one of the technical advisers to make sure the tone is right and to make sure we’re doing it right,” he said.
Paderewski has his own production company called The Moment After Productions. He is currently working on a feature film called “The Sins Beneath”.
He is also a former athlete. He grew up playing golf in the San Diego Country Junior Golf Association alongside many big name players such as Phil Mickelson. But he gave up golf to become an actor.
He and Montgomery are looking forward to this movie.
For Montgomery, he wants people to realize how special Townsend was to so many people.
“You see the Sports Illustrated article and you don’t know what’s done and what’s real,” he said. “Then when you take it out you realize it’s real. There’s so much more to these players, these programs and Towny Townsend than a single book could ever do. Hopefully what the movie can do is really show his heritage.
Paderewski hopes to begin filming in the fall of 2023. He said it would take around 36 to 38 days to shoot.
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“We’d love to shoot it in Virginia, but we’re not there yet,” said Paderewski, who will star in an upcoming action thriller directed by Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms, starring Orlando Bloom and Andie MacDowell.
He, like Montgomery, is eager to share Townsend’s story.
“His life just seems amazing with what he’s done with baseball and what he’s done for kids. It’s just an amazing story,” he said. “His story of helping those players to go through and get to the big leagues and their lives to get there and all those other coaches involved, it’s just something that needs to be told.”
He knew he had a great script when he showed his wife a mock-up of the book’s last scene.
“She said, ‘You’re going to have people crying and clapping in a few minutes,'” he said. “And I said ‘Thank you’ because that’s exactly what I want to do. It could be something awesome.
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Larry Rubama, 757-575-6449, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter @LHRubama.