NBA superstar LeBron James is taking his talents to … Hollywood.
Nope. The Miami Heat hoop star isn’t going to play for the L.A. Lakers (not that we know of!), but his new basketball sitcom has been picked up by a cable network!
LeBron and his and his longtime buddy and business partner Maverick Carter inked a deal to develop a half-hour sitcom based loosely on their friendship and rise to power in all things basketball(!) for cable network Starz. So far, there’s an order of six episodes of the show, which will be called Survivor’s Remorse.
It hits TV in the fall.
Survivor’s Remorse will tell the story of a young basketball phenom named Cam Calloway (sound familiar?) and his cousin, businessman Reggie Vaughn, who make it out of a tough neighborhood to earn fame and fortune.
The project had been on fast-track development and considered a front-runner for the Q4 slot that became open in December when Starz pulled out of its commitment to Sky Atlantic’s upcoming drama series Fortitude. “Survivor’s Remorse,” which had assembled a small writers room and had started preliminary casting for the two leads in anticipation of a series pickup, will debut next fall. [...]
“Survivor’s Remorse” is set in the world of professional basketball and explores the comedy and drama of what truly happens when you make it out. “Ever since I got cut from the freshman hoop team at Bishop Guertin High School in 1980, I’ve wanted to write about my love and hatred of basketball,” said O’Malley. “Starz has given us great freedom to explore an authentic world inspired by Maverick and LeBron.” [...]
“Mike has infused the world of ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ with humor and heart,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “Along with LeBron, Maverick, Tom and Paul, we feel we really have an all-star team to capture the complexity and comedy inherent to this series.”
The series will likely shoot in Atlanta. No word on casting just yet.