Coming soon to a theater near you...Matthew Dellavedova?
by Jessica Forrester
After inspiring fans throughout the NBA playoffs — including a very well-attended autograph signing and pun-themed T-shirts — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova is now inspiring a Hollywood production.
You read that right. According to reports from the Sydney Morning Herald, Dellavedova’s life and basketball career will soon be the basis for a feature film or Friday Night Lights-style scripted series.
Tentatively titled The Final Four, the project will feature three Australian players who move to the U.S. to play college ball, following a journey similar to Dellavedova’s.
Role Models executive producer Jason Shuman has signed on, and The Bodhi Tree’s Robert ‘Bobby’ Galinsky will act as screenwriter and executive producer. Shuman said the script was written a few years ago and is now being brought to life.
“It’s quite a compelling story and I think it’s going to do well because it’s like Remember The Titans – people love a real underdog story. It won’t be Matthew’s life story or autobiography, but will be inspired by his exploits in Melbourne and overseas, and we’re meeting with his management in the next couple of weeks.
It will be a film or a scripted series. We see real potential here in following these kids from grade school to high school to college to the NBA.”
The 24-year-old signed with the Cavs after going undrafted in 2013, after moving to the US to play college basketball at St. Mary’s College in 2009.
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