If you were a sports fan in the 90s, there was no way you didn't know who Michael Jordan was (I mean, unless you only ever watched hockey or something, and even then it's not much of an excuse).
The NBA superstar was first drafted to the Chicago Bulls in 1984, and was so massively popular from the get-go that he was voted by fans as being an "All-Star" just within his first year of competing. It even got to the point that real NBA All-Stars were upset about how much attention he was receiving (seriously, look it up).
Jordan ultimately led the Bulls to a whopping SIX NBA Championships during his time with them, and was named league MVP each of those six years. He scored massive amounts of brand deals with companies like Nike, whose Air Jordan sneakers have been consistently popular since their introduction in 1985. He was even contracted to do Nike commercials alongside Bugs Bunny in the mid-90s, which were so popular that they resulted in a movie called Space Jam. You might have heard of it.
Of course, one thing that people often forget is that Jordan actually stepped away from the NBA in 1995, as he wanted to try his hand at playing baseball instead (which was even a major plot point in Space Jam). While this ultimately only lasted for three years, it's an interesting moment in sports history; one that Will Smith wants to turn into a movie...
Smith's Overlook Entertainment production company recently announced that they've acquired the rights to the script for The Prospect, a look at Michael Jordan's time in the Birmingham Barons between 1995 and 1998. The script was written by writer/director Ben Epstein, and is one of the famous "Black List" of scripts that have floated around Hollywood for some time without being picked up.
Very few details have been given so far (the film doesn't even have a release date yet), but speculation is already abound on the internet about the movie. Speculation like; will the real Michael Jordan make an appearance in the movie? Will beloved actor Michael B. Jordan be cast as Michael Jordan (no relation)? Will Bugs Bunny be involved? Will Jada Pinkett-Smith be angry if this doesn't get nominated for an Oscar? Only time will tell!
Are you interested in seeing this biopic of Michael Jordan?