HBO orders Adam McKay's Showtime Lakers drama to be released
After bringing together an impressive cast led by Jason Clarke (Catherine the Great) and John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers), Adam McKay's (Los Angeles) series Los Angeles Lakers was ordered by HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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The untitled series, featuring the pilot written by Max Borenstein (The Terror: Infamy), based on Jeff Pearlman Showtime's book Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, will tell the story of the iconic team of basketball during the 1980s, known as the "showtime" era. The story will narrate the team's professional and personal lives during their fast play time and star-studded celebrity fans as they are led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.
"Alongside Adam McKay and Max Borenstein, HBO could not be more excited to examine one of the most beloved empires of professional sports," Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming, said in a statement. "In Los Angeles in the 1980s, we will experience the thrilling ride of a basketball-dominated team and watch them not only achieve iconic status but also transform the sport in every respect."
Clarke is to star in legendary Lakers general manager Jerry West, with Reilly starring as Jerry Buss, rookie Quincy Isaiah as Johnson and former basketball player at UC-Berkeley and Harlem Gloebtrotter Solomon Hughes as Abdul-Jabbar.
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The cast will also feature Gaby Hoffman (Transparent) as General Manager of the Forum, Claire Rothman, Hadley Robinson (Utopia) as the daughter of Buss, Jeanie, DeVaughn Nixon as Lakers and Norm Nixon (DeVaughn's father), Molly Gordon (Booksmart) as forum executive Linda Zafrani. Rob Morgan (Stranger Things) as the father of Magic, Earvin Sr., Spencer Garrett (For All Mankind) as part play Chick Hearn and Kirk Bovill (Just Mercy) as owner of Clippers, Donald Sterling.
The series comes as the first full series under McKay's five-year contract between its Hyberobject Industries banner and HBO premium cabler, with McKay executive producing alongside Bornstein, Jason Shuman, Scott Stephens and Rodney Barnes.
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