“Daddy Ball” is based on a story that appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Esquire. Written by David Gauvey Herbert, “Daddy Ball” chronicles an epic feud that erupted between two Long Island tee-ball daddies that reached a climax so violent it made regional headlines. In one corner is Bobby Sanfilippo, a Brooklyn-born murderer with a criminal history yet to be discovered, whose wealthy lifestyle still can’t knock the chip off his shoulder. In the other is John “Jack” Reardon, a former baseball prodigy whose life was turned upside down by his involvement in a Ponzi scheme in Southern California. In what looks like a Long Island version of Netflix’s dark comedy from earlier this year, “Beef,” the pair come face-to-face in a confrontation that ultimately leads to allegations of harassment, threats, mob connections and wrongful arrest.
Deadline reports that Bateman is set to star in the series, which he also plans to direct. Presumably, Bateman will play one of the dads. It’s hard to tell who, reading Herbert’s story, given that Bateman doesn’t exactly match Reardon’s physical description (“John Reardon was built like a fullback”), but it’s not easy either more than imagining him as the tough son of a gang-connected Brooklyn bar owner. Then again, Bateman and his team will likely take creative liberties in adapting “Daddy Ball.” And thanks to the prestidigitation of acting, Batemen could surely win us over as an aggrieved father.