The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl‘s co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler.
The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis’ life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between these two very different worlds. Los Angeles-born Davis grew up in the city’s tough, crime-plagued South Central area before landing a basketball scholarship to attend the posh Crossroads private school in Santa Monica. He went on to play for UCLA before embarking on a 13-year NBA career.
Davis and Lilly executive produce with Kate Gordon and The Walcott Co.’s Winkler. The project joins another autobiographical comedy project of a sports personality this development season, ABC’s Men In Shorts, inspired by the story of openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers.
The Walcott Co. also has 100 Grand, an action comedy project at Fox, and Bachelor Party, inspired by the movie, at ABC. Johnson and Mary Lee. Johnson is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyerman; Lilly is with UTA and Shuman Co., Winkler is with CAA, Management 360 and Jackoway Tyerman.