Caymanian screenwriter Frank E. Flowers has closed a deal with Universal Studios to write a script about the early life of basketball superstar Lebron James and his fellow high school players.
The feature film is based on the 2008 documentary “More than a Game,” which tells the story of James and his four teammates also known as the “FAB 5” as they struggled to build a high school basketball career in Akron, Ohio.
“The characters in this story were from a small town, sort of like Cayman, but they made a big impact on the world around them,” said Flowers.
“I am looking forward to collaborating and bringing this inspiring story to life,” he added.
According to Variety magazine, “Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and husband Terence, who were both nominated for Academy Awards this year, brought Flowers in on the project in January to “put the gears further in motion on getting this film to a studio.” They will produce the film along with James and his associate, Maverick Carter.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with producers who are at the top of their respective fields,” Flowers said.
“We’re so happy to have found a home at Universal, who have made so many great movies over the years,” he added.
Flowers said he planned to begin writing the script shortly.
The writer’s most recent work includes the film “Metro Manila” (2013) with Sean Ellis), which was nominated in the category of Best Film Not in the English Language in the EE 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, known as the BAFTAs.
Among Flowers’s earlier work are the shorts “Swallow” (2003); “Kaylien” (2011) starring Bradley Cooper, and 2004’s Cayman Islands-set film “Haven,” starring Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana, all of which he wrote. He also directed “Haven” and “Swallow.”
The filmmaker is the son of Frank Sr. and Eve Flowers and the grandson of the late Cayman Islands businessman Clarence Flowers. He grew up in Cayman, graduated from John Gray High School and pursued a film major at the University of Southern California.