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Spike Lee in the Running to Direct Caron Butler Biopic - Report
Jul 31, 2017 by: WENN
Mark Wahlberg is reportedly keen to get Spike Lee on board to direct the Caron Butler biopic he is developing.
The Ted actor, who is working on the project based on the life of the NBA champion, is keen to secure a top director for the project and Spike Lee as well as Barry Jenkins and Peter Berg have all reportedly been approached to direct the movie.
Wahlberg's biopic will tell the remarkably story of Caron, who suffered through a tough childhood in Racine, Wisconsin, became a drug dealer at just 11-years-old.
The Hollywood actor secured the rights to make the movie last year and according to editors at TMZ, the first draft of the script has already been written and it's just a case of finding the right director to front the project.
Mark is also reportedly keen to have a starring part in the movie as well as a producer role.
"Caron is a perfect example to all the young kids growing up in tough neighbourhoods to never give up on your dreams," Mark said when he secured the rights to the movie last year.
The NBA star was arrested 15 times before his 15th birthday and things didn't look promising for the youngster but he eventually turned his life around and started playing professional basketball when at 22-years-old, he was the lottery pick in the 2002 Draft.
He went on to become a two-time All-Star and NBA champion with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
As well as playing for the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. He last played basketball for the Sacramento Kings. It is yet unknown who will play Caron in the movie but the basketball star recently said he'd love Michael B. Jordan to take on the role.
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