The NBA big is teaming up with streaming video giant Netflix to help bring a beloved young adult novel to life on the small screen. This will mark one of the biggest projects to date for Curry’s entertainment production company, and a further expansion of its business interests off the field.
As The Hollywood Reporter ‘s Mia Galuppo reported, Curry and her business partner Erick Peyton will team up with Netflix to produce an adaptation of Jewell Parker Rhodes’ novel. Black brother, black brother. The film follows a 12-year-old struggling with identity issues and bullying in school before finding a mentor who helps him become a competitive fencer.
Curry had previously featured the novel as part of his underrated book club and said in a statement he was eager to turn it into a film for Netflix.
“Jewell’s Black brother, black brother is a powerful story that addresses prejudice, colorism and bullying through an incredible sports lens, ”the production team announced. “We are delighted to partner with Netflix, it truly is the only place it belongs.”
The Black brother, black brother the adaptation represents the latest project from Curry’s busy production company Unanimous. As reported by GQ Australia, Unanimous is also working with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and his own production studio, Proximity Media, to produce a documentary on Curry’s basketball life and career titled Underestimated.
As Deadline noted, Unanimous has been involved in a number of other projects, including ABC’s. Holey moley and a revival of the popular ’70s sitcom Good time. Proximity Media also has a number of big plans, the outlet noted.
“Proximity, founded by Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Nicks, saw his first feature film, Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah, nominated for six Oscars including that of the best film. He recently co-produced Space Jam: a new legacy. “
Curry expands its business interests
Curry has other business interests beyond entertainment. As CNBC reported, he also started an investment firm known as SC30 which funded some start-ups, including a Bay Area tech company. Curry has said he wants to follow in the footsteps of other big names in hardwood who have entered the business world, including Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal.
“We can be serious in this space,” said Curry. “The reach that you have from the pitch to the boardroom in terms of thinking about what makes you different from the next athlete and staying true to that, you can sit at these types of tables. “
“Basketball opens so many doors for us, and these can be opportunities that will live on well beyond our playing days.”
Curry said he had been heavily involved in selecting investment opportunities, finding areas where he had a passion. Last year, the self-proclaimed “water snob” bought a stake in Oxigen, a water-based beverage company specializing in muscle recovery.
“You have to be strategic about it,” Curry told CNBC of his investments. “You have to have the right team in place to manage the future and these relationships. “
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