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The popularity of Esports (or electronic sports) seems to be growing exponentially by the day – meaning you can finally go back to your mom and tell her all that time spent playing video games is totally going to pay off when you win part of the $10 million purse at this upcoming event. While a lot of professional gamers these days specialize in various first-person shooters and multiplayer Battle Arena titles (like League of Legends), there’s still a vibrant and active community of pro players who make their bank by kicking your ass at fighting games like Street Fighter. The 2011 documentary More Than a Game takes you inside that world – showing you the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and a lot of screaming young men getting really amped up about stuff...
- Mike Bracken
More Than A Game is a 2011 documentary by Thomas Hewett and Jack Abbot following competitive Street Fighter video gamers who are training and traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the United States Championships. Every year, thousands of players from all over the world will descend upon Las Vegas to find out who is […]
- Peter Sciretta
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, »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal is close to a deal on a movie pitch dramatizing the 2009 documentary More Than A Game – the story of the early days of NBA superstar, LeBron James – with the player and his manager, Maverick Carter, on board as producers.
The documentary was written and directed by Kristopher Belman, with Brad Hogan as co-writer, and was well-received at the time of its release. It centres on LeBron James and four of his teammates – Dru Joyce III, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee – progressing though Ohio High School basketball, under Coach Dru Joyce II. Tracking those early careers, the film then depicts the eventual rise of James to international stardom.
Hollywood loves a good ‘work-hard-and-succeed’ inspirational tale, and they don’t come more inspirational than LeBron James. Born to a hard-working, teenage, single mother, but supported by leading figures in the local sports scene, he bonded with his teammates and »
- Sarah Myles
NBA star LeBron James has been trying to break into Hollywood. He's made appearances on "Entourage" and was rumored to star in a sequel to "Space Jam." But now it seems that James may get his wish, in a form of a biopic. Universal Pictures is negotiating to develop the film that will be produced by Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) and Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire"). The studio is also developing "Ballers" comedy that has James and Kevin Hart attached to star. The biopic will obviously be based on James' life, but will take its cues from the 2008 documentary "More Than a Game," in which James navigates high school basketball and high school life from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the best athletes in the world. »
Sources say Universal Pictures is nearing a deal to acquiring the rights to an untitled feature project revolving around NBA superstar LeBron James’ high school career. An aggressive bidding war has seen several studios vying for the film.
After the film stalled in development, Rachel Winter approached James and Carter two years ago to put some life into the project and helped bring on Flowers in January to put the gears further in motion on getting this film to a studio.
The story was covered in the 2008 documentary “More Than a Game,” which followed James and his four high school teammates through their playing career together and the ups and downs that came with it while James’ fame grew.
- Justin Kroll
Update: Universal Pictures has likely acquired the rights via Variety. Original story follows. The inspiring story of Lebron James‘ high school basketball career was covered quite well in the 2008 documentary More Than A Game. Now, that story is getting a narrative treatment from a couple of Oscar nominees. Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, […]
The post Lebron James’ High School Years Could Get Narrative Feature Treatment At Universal appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Exclusive: A feature based on the high school years of Miami Heat star LeBron James is in play, and I’m hearing there are two offers on the table, with at least two more expected by tomorrow. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers, with Terence Winter and Rachel Winter attached to produce with James and his manager Maverick Carter. The deal is expected to be sealed before the weekend. Winter is the creator of Boardwalk Empire, and he was Oscar nominated for his The Wolf Of Wall Street script. Rachel Winter is his wife, and she was Oscar nominated for Dallas Buyers Club. Related: Kevin Hart To Play LeBron James’ Brother In ‘Ballers’ James has led the Heat to two straight NBA championships, and the team is waiting to see who it will play in the second round of the playoffs. Since he went right »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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