‘Showtime’ Drama About 1980s L.A. Lakers From Adam McKay Gets HBO Pilot Order

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On the heels of another dismal season for the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s probably a little painful to relive the glory days of Hollywood’s home team. That is what Oscar winner Adam McKay (Vice) is doing with Showtime, a drama series project that has received a pilot order at HBO.

Written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the true-story project is based on Jeff Pearlman’s nonfiction book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

McKay will direct the pilot for Showtime, a fast-break series chronicling the professional and personal lives of the 1980s L.A. Lakers, one of sports’ most revered and dominant dynasties — a team that defined its era, both on and off the court.

With Pat Riley as coach and Magic Johnson and Kareen Abdul-Jabbar as stars, the Lakers made seven trips to the NBA Finals in the eight-year stretch from
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