Winning Time

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Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
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Genre
Created by
Based onShowtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
by Jeff Pearlman
Written byMax Borenstein
Directed byAdam McKay
Starring
Theme music composerNicholas Britell and Robert Glasper
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
  • Adam McKay
  • Max Borenstein
CinematographyTodd Banhazl
EditorHank Corwin
Production companyHyperobject Industries Steeplechase Amusements
Release
Original networkHBO

Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty is an upcoming American sports drama television series developed by Adam McKay, Jim Hecht and Max Borenstein for HBO, based on the book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Production

Development

It was announced in April 2019 that HBO had ordered a pilot of the series, which was written by Max Borenstein (with a story by Borenstein and Jim Hecht) with Adam McKay set to direct.[21] The series was initially referred to by the working title Showtime, after Pearlman's book and the Lakers era that inspired it.[21] By that summer, the series was described as being untitled, with media outlets noting the previous title may have caused confusion with one of HBO's direct competitors, the Showtime premium TV network.[22] In December, HBO officially greenlit a series order.[8] On December 8, 2021, HBO announced that the series would be titled Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.[23]

During the development of this project McKay and Will Ferrell definitively ended their collaboration, due to McKay's decision to cast John C. Reilly over Ferrell without telling him.[24]

Casting

In August 2019, Jason Clarke and Michael Shannon were cast to portray Jerry West and Jerry Buss respectively.[2][25] However, the next month Shannon would exit due to creative differences, and would be recast with John C. Reilly,[1] with Quincy Isaiah and Solomon Hughes cast to play Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.[3] DeVaughn Nixon was added to the cast to portray his father Norm Nixon.[5]

By March 2021, additional castings including Adrien Brody,[9] Sally Field,[10] Michael Chiklis,[11] Bo Burnham,[12] Jason Segel,[14] Sarah Ramos,[15] Brett Cullen, and Lola Kirke were announced.[16] In May 2021, Rory Cochrane, Danny Burstein, Austin Aaron, Ta'Nika Gibson, Edwin Hodge, Terence Davis, and Ja'Quan Cole joined the cast.[19] In June 2021, Mike Epps, Max E. Williams, Carina Conti and Mariama Diallo joined the cast.[20] In August 2021, Burnham exited the project due to scheduling conflicts while Sean Patrick Small, Rachel Hilson, Olli Haaskivi, Newton Mayenge, and Jon Young joined the cast, with Small replacing Burnham.[26][27]

Filming

Principal photography began in Los Angeles on April 12, 2021, and concluded on October 31.[28]

Release

Alongside the title announcement in December 2021, HBO announced the series debuted in March 2022.[23]

References

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 10, 2019). "John C. Reilly To Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss In Recasting On HBO's Showtime Lakers Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 16, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (August 1, 2019). "'Showtime': Jason Clarke To Play Lakers Legend Jerry West In HBO Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 25, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (September 12, 2019). "HBO's Showtime Lakers Pilot Casts Its Magic Johnson & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 16, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Petski, Denise (October 2, 2019). "HBO's Showtime Lakers Project Rounds Out Cast With Gaby Hoffmann & Newcomer Hadley Robinson". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Baysinger, Tim (September 17, 2019). "DeVaughn Nixon Joins HBO's 1980s LA Lakers Drama Pilot as His Dad Norm Nixon". TheWrap. Archived from the original on December 18, 2019. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e Petski, Denise (September 25, 2019). "HBO's Showtime Lakers Pilot Adds Cast Including Molly Gordon, Rob Morgan, Spencer Garrett, Kirk Bovill, Delante Desouza". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 29, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  7. ^ Show, The League Talk (June 17, 2021). "Newton Mayenge has been cast to play NBA Legend, Jim Chones, in Adam Mckay's Los Angeles Lakers HBO…". Medium. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d Porter, Rick (December 6, 2019). "L.A. Lakers Drama From Adam McKay Scores Series Pickup at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 16, 2021). "Adrien Brody To Play Pat Riley In Adam McKay's L.A. Lakers Series At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 22, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 18, 2021). "Sally Field To Play Jessie Buss In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 23, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 19, 2021). "Michael Chiklis To Play Red Auerbach In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 26, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (March 25, 2021). "Bo Burnham To Play Larry Bird In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 26, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  13. ^ Cordero, Rosy (August 20, 2021). "HBO's L.A. Lakers Series Recasts Larry Bird After Bo Burnham Exits". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 20, 2021. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 25, 2019). "Jason Segel To Play Paul Westhead In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 27, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Petski, Denise (March 26, 2021). "Sarah Ramos To Play Cheryl Pistono In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 28, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  16. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (March 31, 2021). "Brett Cullen & Lola Kirke Join HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 26, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  17. ^ a b c d e Petski, Denise (April 22, 2021). "Tracy Letts, Julianne Nicholson, Jimel Atkins, LisaGay Hamilton, Andy Hirsch Join HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  18. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 12, 2021). "Gillian Jacobs & Wood Harris Join HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Petski, Denise (May 26, 2021). "Rory Cochrane, Danny Burstein, Edwin Hodge Among 7 Cast In HBO's 1980s L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on May 26, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  20. ^ a b c d e Petski, Denise (June 21, 2021). "Mike Epps Set As Richard Pryor, Three Others Cast In HBO's L.A. Lakers Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood.
  21. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (April 23, 2019). "'Showtime' Drama About 1980s L.A. Lakers From Adam McKay Gets HBO Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 7, 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 23, 2019). "Michael Shannon to Play Lakers Owner Jerry Buss in Adam McKay's HBO Series". Collider. Retrieved December 1, 2021. The series was previously titled Showtime, but seeing as Showtime is also a network that counts HBO as its chief rival, it made sense to change the title rather than confuse audiences.
  23. ^ a b @winningtimehbo (December 8, 2021). "24 hours until tip-off. You might want to stretch. #WinningTime" (Tweet). Retweeted by HBO [HBO] – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Goldbart, Max (December 3, 2021). "Adam McKay Details Will Ferrell Break Up Over HBO's Lakers Series Casting: "He Took It As A Way Deeper Hurt Than I Ever Imagined"". Deadline. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  25. ^ Low, Elaine (August 23, 2019). "Michael Shannon to Play Jerry Buss in HBO's 'Untitled Showtime Lakers Project' Pilot". Variety. Archived from the original on May 12, 2021. Retrieved May 12, 2021.
  26. ^ Cordero, Rosy (August 20, 2021). "Sean Patrick Small, Rachel Hilson, & Olli Haaskivi Board HBO's L.A. Lakers Series". Deadline. Retrieved August 20, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 20, 2021). "Bo Burnham Exits HBO's LA Lakers Series, Five More Added to Cast". Variety. Retrieved August 20, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ "Film and TV Projects Going Into Production – Lakers Project". Variety Insight. Archived from the original on May 26, 2021. Retrieved May 26, 2021.

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