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Universal Nears Deal for Film Based on LeBron James High School Story

Sources say Universal Pictures is nearing a deal to acquiring the rights to an untitled feature project revolving around NBA superstar LeBron James’ high school career. An aggressive bidding war has seen several studios vying for the film.

“Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and husband Terence will produce along with James and his manager Maverick Carter. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers.

After the film stalled in development, Rachel Winter approached James and Carter two years ago to put some life into the project and helped bring on Flowers in January to put the gears further in motion on getting this film to a studio.

The story was covered in the 2008 documentary “More Than a Game,” which followed James and his four high school teammates through their playing career together and the ups and downs that came with it while James’ fame grew.

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

Universal is a good fit since it is already in the James business — the studio and Imagine Entertainment are developing the basketball comedy “Ballers,” in which James is expected to star  alongside Kevin Hart.

James is also repped by WME. The Winters are repped by CAA and Flowers is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment.

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