According to Variety, Warner Bros. Pictures has bought a baseball-themed pitch -- with a whopping curveball -- titled Stolen Season for Jon Shestack and Evan Astrowsky to produce.

Johnny Knoxville is reportedly interested in toplining the project.

Stolen borrows a page from the real-life childhood of former Baltimore Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey, who fell under the spell of charismatic coach John Jennings when he was 13 and playing on a Southern California Pony League baseball team in 1963. By the time the summer was over, Jennings had robbed a string of 20 banks up and down the California coast, using the team's travel as cover.

John Raffo will write the screenplay. He also penned "The Walk On" and "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story."

Warners' Lynn Harris is the executive in charge with creative exec Matt Reilly.

No director is yet attached.

Knoxville, who stars in Warners' "The Dukes of Hazard" next month, would play the role of the coach in Stolen. (Knoxville himself was a serious baseball player in high school.)

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Brian B.