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.
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 from high school to the NBA and became an instant star and the most outsized talent since Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, you might wonder what drama his formative years could have. Actually, that story was captured in the docu More Than A Game. It is as much about the story of his high school team as it is about LeBron. The team from Akron, Ohio, went from obscurity to become an AAU powerhouse, and the challenge became about handling the growing fame of James and keeping together the players who had formed such a close bond.
Flowers wrote and directed Haven, scripted the BAFTA-nominated Metro Manila and most recently scripted a remake of Taps. Flowers is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, the Winters by CAA. James, repped by WME, is expected to make his feature starring debut opposite Kevin Hart in the Universal/Imagine Entertainment film Ballers.