LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are set to adapt New Kid novel into a feature film.
The story centers on Jordan Banks, a seventh-grader who experiences culture shock when he enrolls at a private school.
Universal Pictures acquired rights to Jerry Craft’s 2019 New Kid novel. SpringHill will develop and produce the picture.
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The book’s synopsis read: Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.
As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
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The New Kid novel was the first graphic novel to win the coveted Newbery Award as well as the Coretta Scott King Award. It was highly sought after but SpringHill co-founder Maverick Carter was so touched by the story that he aggressively went after the book. The company eventually landed the rights.
James and Carter will produce with Jamal Henderson and Spencer Beighley overseeing the project as executive producers for The SpringHill Company. Craft will also executive produce.
The project is a high priority for SpringHill with hopes of attaching a writer to adapt the material shortly.
While New Kid is in the works, SpringHill Entertainment currently has many projects under its belt. The Netflix limited series Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, which SpringHill produced recently earned Octavia Spencer an Emmy nomination for actress in a limited series. They are producing the Netflix pic Hustle with Adam Sandler attached to star in it. And Space Jam 2, which James also stars in, is in post-production.