“More Than a Game,” which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, follows the friendships and basketball exploits of James and his teammates at St. Vincent-St.
Mary High School in Akron. James is also an executive producer of the film.
The plot: “Five talented young basketball players from Akron, Ohio star in this remarkable true-life coming of age story about friendship and loyalty in the face of great adversity. Coached by a charismatic but inexperienced player’s father, and led by James, the “Fab Five’s” improbable seven-year journey leads them from a decrepit inner-city gym to the doorstep of a national high school championship. Along the way, the close-knit team is repeatedly tested — both on and off the court — as James’ exploding worldwide celebrity threatens to destroy everything they’ve set out to achieve together.”
Lionsgate announced today that it had acquired rights to the documentary, and plans to release it in the fall of 2009. “More Than A Game” is directed by Kristopher Belman.