Dennis Rodman's North Korea trips coming to a big screen near you?
Feb 24, 2014 at 1:45p ET
Dennis Rodman made plenty of headlines when he traveled to North Korea and played some exhibition games with Kim Jong Un and his cronies.
And now the former NBA star's strange overseas story could be hitting the big screen.
A comedy pitch for a movie called "Diplomats," inspired by Rodman's strange "hoops diplomacy" mission to the secretive country, has been bought by 20th Century Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Diplomats" is described as a "two-hander that takes its cues from the antics of the 6-foot-7 former NBA player Rodman, known as 'The Worm,'" THR reported.
Rodman has visited North Korea a number of times over the last few years, famously becoming pals with the country's dictator, Kim Jong Un.
In January, Rodman took a group of former NBA players to the closed-off country, where the team played against a top North Korean senior national team in a birthday gift to the despot.
Rodman even sang "Happy Birthday" to Kim before the game's tipoff.
Shortly after returning Stateside, however, the former NBA star checked himself into a rehab center in the face of the backlash he'd received in the wake of the trip.
Rodman also got in hot water over the lavish presents he gifted Kim during that trip, including what the Daily Beast reported as "hundreds of dollars' worth of Irish Jameson whiskey, European crystal, an Italian suit, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag for Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju."
Peter Chemin ("The Heat") will produce the movie, while Tim Story ("Ride Along") will direct.