The “Showtime” Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980’s will be intimately looked at through a HBO series.
The NBA grew by leaps and bounds in the 1980’s when Los Angeles upped the ante with its NBA play through players such as “Magic Johnson” and Kareem Abdul Jabbar bringing “Showtime” to the league. Hollywood has also tried to find the right person to play the role of the man who created the stand up classic of “Sunset Boulevard” in Richard Pryor.
HBO will now fuse the 89’s icons in a new HBO series where the Lakers will be covered in a new series that will have Mike Epps in the role of Richard Pryor. On Monday (June 21), Deadline reported that Epps would be taking on the role of Richard Pryor.
The outlet stated that the series is “based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s. McKay’s Hyperobject Industries is producing.” While it doesn’t seem that a definitive title has been chosen just yet, it is known that the HBO series will follow the personal lives of the Lakers stars during that era.
Carina Conti will star as Paula Abdul (who worked as a choreographer of the Laker Girls); Max E. Williams portrays Jack Nicholson, the acclaimed actor who is known for being a Lakers superfan; as well as Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, and Wood Harris as Spencer Haywood.
Back in June 2019, Epps was asked during an interview if he believed the Pryor biopic would ever find its legs. “I’m having a great time,” Epps said. “I love the king Richard Pryor but it’s just one of those films that was hard to make, and I’m having a good time being Mike Epps right now. I’m somebody’s Richard Pryor.”
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— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) June 21, 2021