Lionsgate has secured worldwide rights to “More Than a Game”, a documentary about NBA star LeBron James’ high school days in Akron, Ohio reports Variety.
Unlike most biopic-style docos, this one follows the five starters on the varsity team at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, who travel a winding road from a rundown gymnasium to national glory and NBA riches, seeking to remain a tight-knit quintet even as James becomes a megamillionaire.
The film mixes newly unearthed archival footage and family memorabilia with fresh interviews and will be positioned as more of a “feel-good story of overcoming adversity” than a direct doco about a single subject.
The film premiered in Toronto earlier this year where James received a five-minute standing ovation. A Fall 2009 release of the doco is planned.