Max Borenstein, Showrunner on Lakers Drama Series, Inks Overall Deal With HBO (Exclusive)

The writer-producer is teaming with Adam McKay on the as-yet untitled 1980s-set basketball series at the premium cable network.
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HBO is investing in Max Borenstein.

The writer and executive producer behind the forthcoming 1980s-set Los Angeles Lakers drama has inked a two-year overall TV deal with the premium cable network. Under the pact, which has been in the works for months, he will create and develop new material for the WarnerMedia-backed outlet, as well as continue to oversee the forthcoming basketball series based on Jeff Pearlman's book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.

The as-yet untitled project, which Borenstein is penning and exec producing alongside Adam McKay and Kevin Messick (Succession), stars John C. Reilly and Jason Clarke. Borenstein created the drama and serves as showrunner. A premiere date has not been determined.

Borenstein's credits include co-creating last year's cycle of the AMC anthology The Terror: Infamy, for which he was nominated for a WGA Award; and adapting and serving as co-showrunner on Steven Spielberg's Minority Report for Fox. On the film side, Borenstein penned the screenplays for 2014's Godzilla, 2017's Kong: Skull Island, the story for last year's Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters and the upcoming Godzilla v. Kong. Next up, he has Ben Affleck's Hypnotic.

Borenstein, who is repped by Anonymous Content and Eric Feig Entertainment & Media Law, joins a roster of showrunners with overall deals at HBO including McKay, Mike Judge and David Mandel (Veep), among others.