Disney+ is set to develop a feature film about NBA superstar Giannis Antetokunmpo also known as the “Greek Freak,” who currently plays on the Milwaukee Bucks.
From Deadline, The film will follow Antetokounmpo’s early life and current career, into development from Disney’s live-action film division. Former Disney and Village Roadshow Pictures exec Bernie Goldman, who produced Zack Snyder’s 300, will produce from a script from Arash Amel, writer of Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan’s A Private War.
Born in Greece to Nigerian parents, Antetokounmpo started out playing in the Greek basketball league before moving to Spanish team CAI Zaragoza. In 2013, he made himself available for the NBA Draft and was chosen as a first-round pick, 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. In the 2016/17 season, he led the Bucks in all stats categories and became the first player in NBA history to finish a regular season in the top 20 across total points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He received Most Improved Player in 2017.
Sports insiders suggest that he is expected to sign a supermax contract extension next summer, which could be worth around $250M, the largest contract in NBA history unless he decides to test out the free-agency market.
Disney+ is set to launch on November 12, 2019. The streamer will include original films and series including Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Timmy Failure, Stargirl, Safety, other properties coming include Monsters At Work, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, The Mandalorian, not to mention all the other Marvel, Star Wars, docuseries, and more in active development. For more information and/or to sign-up early to Disney+, visit disneyplus.com.