Alexander’s 2014 Newbery Medal-winning novel in verse tells the story of twin brothers, both basketball stars on their high school team, who find themselves at odds and forced to deal with their father’s apparent illness. In a starred review, a critic of Kirkus called the book “a touching story” that “deftly reveals the power of the format to deliver an emotional blow.”
The lead role in the series is Amir O’Neil (Marlon), Jalyn Hall (All American), Derek Luke (13 reasons why), Skyla I’Lece (P-valley), and Sabrina Revelle (Zac and Mia†
The show’s pilot episode will be directed by George Tillman, Jr. †The hate you give) and written by Alexander and Damani Johnson (Everyone get up† In addition to James, executive producers are Alexander, Johnson, Tillman, Maverick Carter, Jamal Henderson, Todd Harthan, Bob Teitel and Jay Marcus.
On Instagram, Alexander noted that he started writing the crossing a month after the Lakers won the NBA Championship in 2009.
“The Mamba [Kobe Bryant] was MVP,” he recalls. “I’m not predicting any finals this year… These are just facts folks. It’s #GameOn and the kings have arrived…Let the circle be unbroken…’
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.