McKay's upcoming series, which follows the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in their famous 80's period, will now be called 'Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty'.
'Showtime' was the original name for the show, in reference to the 'showtime era' which lasted from 1979 to 1991. At the time, the team included many stars like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. We got to say, the new title is a bit more of a mouthful.
In a tweet announcing the name change, it was also revealed that the show will be releasing next March. It will be available to stream on HBO Max.
The show is based on the Jeff Pearlman book 'Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s'. It will follow both the professional and personal lives of the team. The series' official logline is, "one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined its era, both on and off the court."
Jason Clarke will star as Jerry West, the Lakers general manager. John C. Reilly will play former Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Quincy Isaiah will play Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and Solomon Hughes will play Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Other cast members include Michael Chiklis, Sean Patrick Small, Sally Field, Hadley Robinson, Spencer Garrett, Delante Desouza, Olli Haaskivi, and Kirk Bovill.
Adam McKay's most recent project 'Don't Look Up', is set for release this week.