Universal Plans Film About the High School Days of LeBron James
While rumors swirled that a Space Jam sequel with LeBron James was in development, they turned out to be greatly exaggerated. The NBA player will be heading to the big screen in a comedy called Ballers with Kevin Hart, but it turns out the story of his high school days before becoming a championship player consistently and controversially compared to Michael Jordan is in the works. THR has word that an untitled project is developing at Universal that James would produce along with Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and and her husband Terence Winter, creator of "Boardwalk Empire." Isn't it too soon?
Frank E. Flowers (Metro Manilla, Haven) is behind the pitch which has garnered some interest. The story takes some cues from the 2008 documentary More Than a Game, which followed James and four of his teammates in high school, navigating the competitive world of basketball at such a young age, and moving through the years that would blossom into a career in the NBA. There's no denying that James' story is interesting, but we haven't even gotten a biopic about Michael Jordan yet, so this just seems like a little too much of an honor for a basketball player who is undoubtedly a great player, but still young. Thoughts?