LeBron James continues to expand his television horizons with a host of exciting projects in the works. The CW is developing a TV adaptation of “Lean on Me,” the 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman. The series, which has a script development deal, will be executive produced by James and John Legend, along with Maverick Carter, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius.
The series, spirited young black teacher Amarie Baldwin scores the principal job at an Akron, Ohio, public high school. She must dig deep to transform a failing campus into an urban oasis. In a time when education and school safety have life-or-death stakes, Amarie will take on a broken system that tests her mettle, love life and family.
The series hails from Wendy Calhoun, who will serve as the writer and executive producer on the project. Calhoun most recently served as a consulting producer for ABC’s “Station 19.” She has developed new series pilots with Netflix, FBC, 20th Century Fox Television, FX, with ABC Signature. Her past credits include “Empire,” “Nashville,” “Justified,” and “Revenge.”
James continues to build an outstanding portfolio since moving to Los Angeles full time and signing with the Lakers.