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Disney+ takes Kwame Alexander’s basketball novel The Crossover to series

Disney+ has ordered The Crossover, a basketball drama based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author and poet Kwame Alexander.The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television, with production set to begin next month.

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The pilot episode was written by Alexander and Damani Johnson (All Rise) and directed by George Tillman Jr (The Hate U Give, For Life).

Executive producers on the series include Todd Harthan (The Resident, Rosewood), Johnson, Alexander, Tillman Jr, Bob Teitel and Jay Marcus. Also joining the project as executive producers are LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company.

Alexander’s book, which is written entirely in verse, tells the story of two teen brothers who are precociously talented basketball players.

In the novel, main character Josh Bell narrates the story of their upbringing on and off court, their father’s adjustment to life after basketball and how their mother finally gets to purse her own dreams.

The screen adaptation stars Jaylyn Hall, Amir O’Neil, Derek Luke, Sabrina Revelle, Skyla I’Lece, Deja Monique Cruz and Trevor Raine Bush.

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