NEW YORK – After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey — ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city.
Now James plans to explore that theme as part of “Survivor’s Remorse,” a new show he is developing with Starz. While he won’t star in the half-hour sitcom, he will be one of the executive producers of the show, which will explore the lives of two men from the streets who attain fame — one is an NBA star and one is not — and how they deal with friends and families in the wake of that success.
“I think the main thing for me is, first of all, making it out of a place where you’re not supposed to. You’re supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city — (and) being one of the few to make it out and everyone looking at you to be the savior,” the Miami Heat superstar said last week.
“When you make it out, everyone . . . they automatically think that they made it out and it’s very tough for a young, African-American 18-year-old kid to now hold the responsibility of a whole city, of a whole community. I can relate to that as well,” said the 28-year-old James, who was 18 when he came to the NBA from high school in Akron, Ohio.
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James is developing the show with his longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter; Tom Werner, the producer behind shows such as “Roseanne” and “The Cosby Show”; and actor Mike O’Malley, who will be an executive producer and is the show’s writer.
Paul Wachter will also be an executive producer.
“It’s definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron’s life; it’s fictional characters living in a fictional world,” said Carter, before adding with a laugh: “LeBron is actually too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him.”
James said he continues to feel survivor’s remorse.
“I live with that, knowing that I have to hold a huge burden and responsibility that a lot of people cannot even think about,” he said.
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