Will Smith is no stranger to bringing to life poignant stories regarding sports heroes. This time, the actor is assigning himself a producer role with the target of interest centered squarely on Michael Jordan’s fleeting baseball career as a player for the Chicago White Sox. According to Tracking-Board, The Prospect, chronicles Jordan’s year as a baseball prospect wherein he sets out to honor his father, James R. Jordan, Sr., following the elder Jordan’s murder in July 1993.
Ben Epstein, the scriptwriter behind Netflix’s You Get Me, will pen the screenplay. Smith, alongside American Sniper producer, Andrew Lazar, is producing. Casting details have yet to emerge, but Smith’s taking the role of the legendary athlete seems doubtful. At the time of writing, The Prospect is also without a release date.
Early in 1994, after having retired from the NBA (the first of three times), Jordan surprisingly made the transition from hardwood to baseball pitch. Less surprising was his departure from the Minor League in March 1995.
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