If we told you that a couple Hollywood producers were going to start filming a biopic about an NBA player’s life in 2017 and then we asked you to guess which player you think that biopic is going to be about, how many guesses would it take for you to land on Matthew Dellavedova? Hmmm…
We guess your list would look something like this:
1. LeBron James
2. Kevin Durant
3. Steph Curry
248. Ian Mahinmi
249. Jason Smith
250. Matthew Dellavedova
Okay, okay, so maybe Delly wouldn’t fall that far down the list. But still, a Matthew Dellavedova biopic? That seems…random. And yet, it’s apparently going to be real thing!
According to Fox Sports Australia, Dellavedova and his Australian manager Bruce Kaider have teamed up with Los Angeles producers Zachary Green and Jason Shuman to create a film about Delly’s life. It will focus on his upbringing in Australia and lead right up into the present day, which has taken Dellavedova to the magical city of...Milwaukee. No, but seriously, Kaider is promising that there will be plenty of intriguing stops along the way.
"Delly’s inspirational story about overcoming the odds is one everyone can relate to," Kaider said in a press release, according to Fox Sports Australia. "In real life, it played out just like a movie."
Dellavedova added that he’s looking forward to getting started on the film. "I am honored that Bruce, Zachary, and Jason think enough about my journey to turn it into a feature film," he said. "I am thrilled to be working with this incredible group to tell my story to inspire kids around the world to dream big and that hard work and perseverance pays off."
The press release about the biopic suggested the filmmakers are going to try and emulate movies like Hoosiers and Rocky when they create the film, which seems like it’ll be an impossible task. But then again, Delly is a guy who most people hadn't even heard of until 2015, and he somehow managed to finesse a four-year, $38 million contract this past offseason and now a movie about his life. So clearly, anything is possible!
Stay tuned for more details about the biopic.