HBO Is Working On A Show About The Lakers’ Golden Age In The 80s

The Oscar-winning director of 'Vice' and 'The Big Short' is in charge of the project.

Wherever we look these days, seems like the Lakers are everywhere. While a documentary series on the era of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is in the works, HBO also intends to take advantage of this trend, launching the production of a tv series based on the same iconic period of the LA basketball team.

As Deadline reports, the American network just ordered a pilot for Showtime, a show taking place in the eighties. Led by memorable coach Pat Riley, the Lakers team truly owned that decade, winning no less than five rings at the NBA championship over that period. The tv series will explore the stories outside the field as well, drawing its inspiration from Jeff Pearlman’s book called Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

Adam McKay, mostly known for directing The Big Short, and, more recently, Vice (with Christian Bale), was chosen to direct this promising pilot. He already collaborated with HBO for the family drama Succession, as executive producer and occasional director. He also worked on Eastbound and Down.

While the casting is taking place as we speak, we are left wondering who could play Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when production starts, in the summer of 2019.

By Florian Ques, published on 24/04/2019