Chris Robinson will direct the film based on what Deadline calls "the formative years" of the life of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. The script, written by Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier, has been adapted from the book Shooting Stars, which was penned by James and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger.
Shooting Stars tells the story of James and his group of friends from Akron, Ohio, tracking the time when they first met at 10 and 11 years old on a youth basketball team that was called The Shooting Stars to their national championship run during their senior year of high school. The book details the unique traits that LeBron, Sian Cotton, Dru Joyce, Willie McGee, and Romeo Travis possessed and the personal turmoil that they dealt with outside of the game they loved so much.
Robinson initially rose to fame as a music video director for such artists as Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. He received two nominations for Video Director of the Year at the BET Awards, taking home the trophy in 2011. Robinson has also expanded his directorial scope, getting behind the camera for four episodes of the Fox drama Star, and recently finishing the Netflix film Beats, starring Anthony Anderson and Uzo Aduba. James and Maverick Carter will produce the untitled project through their SpringHill Entertainment imprint.