Universal Reportedly in Talks for Movie on LeBron James' High School Career

Joe Flynn@@ChinaJoeFlynnContributor IFebruary 9, 2017

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On the basketball court, Miami Heat forward LeBron James can do it all. He can shut down any position on defense, he can shoot the three, post up, dish, dunk...you name it.

But James is no longer content simply dominating the NBA. He's branching out to the world of movies, too.

Per Variety's Justin Kroll, Universal Studios is on the verge of winning the bidding war to secure the rights to an untitled motion picture revolving around James' high school career. 

The subject of James' high school years has already been covered in the 2008 documentary, More Than a Game, which followed James and four of his high school teammates through their playing career together. James' fame skyrocketed when he made the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school junior.

That fame turned negative during his senior year, when the Ohio High School Athletic Association investigated his mother, Gloria James, over a Hummer she purchased, and whether or not her son risked his amateur status by accepting the pricey vehicle as a gift. The James family was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, and LeBron finished out his high school playing career before being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Per Kroll, James and his manager, Maverick Carter, will produce the film, along with Terence and Rachel Winter. Terence Winter is a Hollywood heavyweight as a writer and producer; he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Wolf of Wall Street and won several Emmy Awards for his work on the legendary television series The Sopranos.

James will also take on acting in the near future, starring alongside Kevin Hart in the comedy Ballers:

LeBron admits that success on the silver screen might not come as easily as success on the hardwood: "This is definitely going to be a challenge for me; this is something I'm not used to."

Why is Hollywood so keen on James? Per Kroll, they are attracted to his brand:

Besides being considered the best and probably most popular player in the NBA over the past decade, James’ brand and business has become one of the most desirable of any athlete since Michael Jordan, leading Hollywood players to try to get in business with the Miami Heat player.

That brand will be tested by these films. Hart is one of the hottest comedians in the world right now, so James will have a built-in audience for his acting debut. But will audiences show up for a film about his life?

We'll have to wait to find out.