Boy's mom claims he is the actual reincarnation of Lou Gehrig

By: Elizabeth Keatinge, Buzz60

Christian Haupt has been called a baseball prodigy.

Now, 20th Century Fox has optioned the rights to a book about Haupt's bizarre recollections.

See, the 8-year-old convinced his mother that he was the re-incarnation of legendary Yankees player Lou Gehrig, who died at age 36, two years after he was diagnosed with ALS.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: New York Yankees' rookie Lou Gehrig, straight off Columbia University campus. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1926. Lou Gehrig, first baseman for the New York Yankees, works out at first base before a game at Yankee Stadium in 1926. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1928. Lou Gehrig, first baseman for the New York Yankees, watches a high fly during a game at Yankee Stadium in 1928. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - MARCH, 1928. Lou Gehrig works out at first base for the New York Yankees at their spring training facility in St. Petersburg, Florida in March of 1928. (Photo by Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images)
Portrait of New York Yankees first baseman, Lou Gehrig (1903 - 1941), seated with three baseball bats over his shoulder, circa 1930s. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth team up for final championship together. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
A portrait of Lou Gehrig, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, New York, New York, circa 1932. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 17, 1933: New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig poses with the trophy he was awarded by newspaperman Edger G. Brands in recognition of Gehrig playing in his 1,308th consecutive major league game on August 17, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri. Gehrig broke a former record by former Yankees shortstop Everett Scott. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images)
circa 1935: Portrait of American baseball players Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) (L) and Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), both of the New York Yankees, kneeling with their baseball bats in uniform. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 10, 1935: Lou Gehrig at bat Indians vs, Yankees, League Park. Gehrig homered in the first inning as the Yankees defeated the Indians 6-3. (Photo by Louis Van Oeyen/Western Reserve Historical Society/Getty Images)
circa 1936: Headshot of American baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) wearing his New York Yankees uniform. (Photo by New York Times Co./Getty Images)
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George Herman (Babe) Ruth (1895 - 1948) hugs former teammate Lou Gehrig (1903 - 1941), 1939. (Photo by Waite Hoyt Collection/Cincinnati Museum Center/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 04: The Luckiest Man on the Face of the earth stands stoic in face of deadly disease that forces him into early retirement. Lou Gehrig, the man who became the Pride of the Yankees, delivers one of the most famous speeches of all time. Officially, it was Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium, but the slugging first baseman weakened by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis would never play again. Yankees retired his number, 4. (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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At two-years-old, Haupt began telling his mom that he was "once a tall baseball player" who died because his "body stopped working." He also reportedly pointed to a picture of Babe Ruth (who Gehrig had a falling out with) and said that they didn't speak to one another.

Byrd says there is no way her son could have known all this information.

Her book, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much," details the stories he tells of his alleged "past life."

Some have criticized the book, with commentators in a Daily Mail article calling the story "a bunch of made up lies."

Whether you believe it or not, that hasn't stopped Haupt from pursuing his dream to be an LA Dodger and have fun along the way.

He had a small role in the Adam Sandler film "That's My Boy" after the actor saw Haupt on YouTube.

He's also thrown out plenty of ceremonial first pitches at MLB games.

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