“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini will return to HBO when he plays Sonny Vaccaro, who signed Michael Jordan to the first million-dollar shoe deal at Nike.Gandolfini will star in “ABCD Camp,” which he’ll exec produce through his Attaboy Films banner with partner Alexandra Ryan. Attaboy has an exclusive producing deal at HBO.
Dan Halsted also will be exec producing with Baron Davis, the star guard for the Golden State Warriors who formed the production company Verso Entertainment with Cash Warren.
“Friday Night Lights” screenwriter David Aaron Cohen pitched and will write a drama chronicling the last youth basketball camp established by the corporate sports scout Vaccaro.
Though I’m looking forward to the above film just a bit more than the pending “Sex & The City” movie, I do find Gandolfini’s self-casting a bit curious. Surely fellow “Sopranos” castmate Jerry Adler deserves consideration, if not for his considerable skills than for no other reason than being a dead ringer for the film’s primary character?