Variety reports that Universal Pictures is close to purchasing a feature based on James' storied high school career. The film will be co-produced by Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter and her husband, Terrance, along with James and his business partner, Maverick Carter.
James starred at St. Vincent-St. Mary's in Akron, Ohio, helping the Irish to three state titles and a mythical national championship. The squad, and especially James, received unprecedented media coverage, and James became perhaps the most hyped high school basketball player ever. He became the fourth high basketball player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
February 18th 2002, 18 year old Lebron James is featured on the cover of sports illustrated pic.twitter.com/CpKHtkNBWM
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James developed a close bond with his St. Vincent-St. Mary's teammates, many of whom are his friends to this day. The group's story was the subject of a 2008 documentary, "More Than a Game."
The film has produced an aggressive bidding war, but it appears Universal is the frontrunner. The studio is a natural fit for the movie, as it is also producing James' new TV show, "Ballers."