|The cast of 'Survivor's Remorse,' LeBron James and Maverick Carter's|
new Starz Network sit-com
We had a little fun this summer after NBA superstar and
native and resident LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland
Cavaliers. We thought it would be fun to cast
the film version of his return to Northeast Ohio. We had no idea James was
already deeply involved in film projects of his own. Akron, Ohio
In late September, James, along with Springhill Productions partner Maverick Carter, one of James’ childhood friends, debut Survivor’s Remorse on the Starz network. The comedy deals with a young basketball phenom as he makes his way in the big leagues. The show is less a reflection of James’ real life than it is of his and Carter’s survivor’s guilt for becoming incredibly successful.
“I explained to Tom how I have it sometimes, because of my family and my neighborhood where I come from,” Carter told The New York Times recently. Tom is Tom Werner, producer of Roseanne and The Cosby Show. “There’s a lot of good people there, and not all of them, to use a phrase, make it out. And I did. But a lot of times I feel bad about making it when they didn’t. I have survivor’s remorse.”
At the end of October, James and Carter will debut Becoming, a half-hour programs that profiles the early life of the world’s top athletes. The show is aimed at kids and will debut on Disney XD on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. It is produced in conjunction with ESPN Films.
|James with comedian/actress/writer/producer Amy Schumer|
“I’m really excited about helping develop Becoming and bringing this kind of program to kids,” James tells The Disney Blog. “Sports and athletes were my inspiration growing up. It was the stories about Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders, and Allen Iverson that kept me dreaming. When I learned that they had some of the same struggles and challenges I did, it made everything seem possible. That’s what Becoming is all about.”
The first episode spotlights James growing up in
and finding success at . The episode was filmed on
location in St. Vincent-St. Mary
High School . Akron
James also spent part of his summer shooting Trainwreck, a comedy by writer/actress/comedian/producer Amy Schumer. James stars as a slightly fictional version of himself – one that is best friends with comedian Bill Hader’s character. Legendary director Judd Apatow (we can call him legendary, right?) helms the comedy.
And he may also star opposite comedian Kevin Hart in the film Ballers. The film tells the tale of Kevin Hart’s character, the brother of an NBA superstar, aptly played by James. The film is supposed to partially take place at a fantasy camp in
Maybe they’ll have to change that to Miami ?
For now, the movie remains in development. Cleveland