NBC has released information concerning the development of a television reboot of the 2000 film Finding Forrester, according to Deadline. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting), is being transformed into a television drama on the cable network. The television reboot comes from the minds of TJ Brady (The 100, The Chi) and Rasheed Newson (Narcos, The Chi), who wrote the adaptation series in addition to acting as executive producers on the project. Tim Story (Barbershop, Shaft) will come on to direct the reboot version of the Van Sant film in addition to executive producing alongside Brady, Newson, Erick Peyton (Holey Moley), Sharla Sumpter Bridgett (Blue Mountain State), and NBA all-star Steph Curry.
The drama film centered around the story of a Bronx black teenager Jamal who gains a high school scholarship for his academic and athletic abilities in addition to connecting with a famous novelist who lives as a recluse in William Forrester. In the film, Jamal is portrayed by Rob Brown (Treme, Coach Carter) and Forrester is played by the late Sean Connery (Dr. No). The reboot version for NBC will center around two black writers with one being a teenage basketball standout and the other a lesbian novelist who was slandered by a public instance.
Currently, there is no exact timeline for production nor an anticipated premiere date for the rebooted series on Finding Forrester. Additionally, there is no cast announced for the upcoming NBC project.