Oscar winning “The Big Short” and “Vice” helmer Adam McKay’s new basketball-themed drama series project “Showtime” has received a pilot order at HBO where he serves as executive producer on “Succession”.
Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island”) penned the true story tale based on Jeff Pearlman’s non-fiction novel which deals with the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.
McKay will direct the pilot for the fast-break series chronicling the professional and personal lives of that era of the Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties which defined the era both on and off the court.
With Pat Riley as coach and Magic Johnson and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar as stars, the Lakers made seven trips to the NBA Finals in an eight-year stretch – winning the title four times.
The pilot is currently casting ahead of filming to begin this summer. McKay is executive producing through his new company after parting ways with long-time producing partner Will Ferrell and dissolving their Gary Sanchez Productions.