NBC is developing a series adaptation of the 2000 film Finding Forrester, which starred the late Sean Connery. This was quite a wonderful and inspiring little movie, the story of which followed a high school basketball star (Rob Brown) who has a secret passion for writing.
He ends up developed a unique relationship with an eccentric, reclusive novelist, who published a hit novel years before, but then disappeared from public life. The novelist discovers that the young athlete is also an excellent writer and secretly takes him on as his protégé. In the process they learn more about each other, they learn more about themselves, and ultimately, with the help of his new mentor, the basketball star must choose the right path.
The NBC series is said to explore “the unique bond between two gifted black writers: a homeless 16-year-old orphan who leverages his basketball skills to hustle his way into an ultra-competitive elite boarding school, and a reclusive lesbian author whose career was ruined by a public scandal.”
The series is being written and produced by TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson (The Chi, Shooter, Animal Kingdom), and Tim Story (Fantastic Four) is attached to direct and executive produce.
If you’ve never seen the original Finding Forrester film, it’s definitely worth checking out.