ABC One-Hour Drama to Star Lebron James
Lebron James mission to become a star is right on track. ESPN The Magazine reported that Lebron James partnered with O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson and ABC for a one-hour drama based on James’ experiences as a high school hoops phenom. The series, described as “Friday Night Lights-meets-Entourage,” will follow an inner-city 15 year-old prep star who is transplanted to a small town school and forced to come of age while dealing with media pressure, unscrupulous moneymen and the jealousy of his peers.
If the network approves the pilot script, expected in few weeks, production could start in the Spring of 09 for a fall 09 premire.
“It’s a grounded character study of teenage life in small town America, but it’s also an exploration of the American Dream and the wish-fulfillment aspect of what his life has become,” said Matt Alvarez, President of CubeVision, who pitched the concept and is also an executive producer on the show. “As a teenager, LeBron was dubbed as one of the great ones. Dropping an album as a kid with NWA, Cube could relate to that. They both know what it’s like to have success at a young age, and dealing with everything that comes with those expectations.”
Another documentary “More than a Game” is expected to be released in the fall of 09 and “is positioned to vie for Oscar attention in the documentary category.” according to the magazine.