LeBron James producing film inspired by book about his youth
LeBron James is set to produce a film based upon a book written about his experiences in youth basketball while growing up in Akron, Ohio, reports TMZ Sports.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar, along with longtime business partner Maverick Partner and production company SpringHill Entertainment, have signed on to co-produce the film with two other production companies. Renowned music video director Chris Robinson has been tabbed as director of a screenplay written by Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier.
The movie is inspired by 2009’s “Shooting Stars,” a book James co-wrote with “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger. The story centers on how James and his childhood friends overcome obstacles to win a championship that inspired lifelong friendships.
“The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids—LeBron James and his best friends—from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old,” via Amazon’s description. “United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school.”
James has long been making significant inroads into Hollywood via SpringHill Productions. In fact, it is believed that James decided upon joining the Los Angeles Lakers in some part due to the attractiveness of playing in the entertainment mecca, even though his agent denied that was the case at the time.
It goes without saying setting up shop in Los Angeles will make James’ pursuit of becoming a power player in the entertainment world that much easier. The film based upon “Shooting Stars” is just the latest in a long line of projects James has in pipeline.