HBO has ordered a pilot for a scripted drama from Adam McKay on the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers dynasty titled Showtime.
The series will draw heavily from author Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) will write the script for the project with Jim Hecht (Ice Age: The Meltdown) as co-writer.
The story revolves around the 1980s Lakers both on and off the court as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lead Los Angeles to five NBA championships.
“Jeff Pearlman’s book and Max Borenstein’s script of the story of the Showtime Lakers really knocked me over. Sexism, racism, tragedy, redemption, no-look passes and a giant cultural shift in America… I can’t wait to start filming,” McKay said Tuesday in a statement.
McKay will direct Showtime’s pilot, and has begun his casting search for Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar and head coach Pat Riley. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.