At last year’s Walt Disney Company Investor Day, it was confirmed that Disney+ developing a biopic about NBA superstar Chris Paul. Now, that project has reportedly found a writer.

(Deadline)

(Deadline)

What’s Happening:

  • According to Deadline, writer Tori Sampson has been tapped to pen the upcoming Chris Paul biopic titled 61.
  • As the site notes, Sampson is an up-and-coming writer whose recent credits include working on the Showtime series Three Women and Amazon’s Hunters and Solos.
  • Sampson is also currently developing a drama produced by Anonymous Content and Drake.
  • At this time, no director or stars are attached to the 61 project.
  • Basketball fans will know that 61 is not Paul’s jersey number (that’s 3, hence the nickname CP3) but alludes to a high school basketball game where Paul scored 61 points in honor of his late grandfather Nathaniel Jones’ 61 years of life.
  • Paul recalls this story and others in his memoir, Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court set for release next summer.

  • Meanwhile, 61 isn’t the only NBA biopic in the works at Disney+ as Greek Freak about Giannis Antetokounmpo is also underway.
  • Incidentally, Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks recently topped Paul’s Phoenix Suns to win the 2021 NBA Championship.

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