Caron Butler of the Sacramento Kings was not expecting that his autobiography “Tuff Juice” would reach Hollywood not until Mark Wahlberg showed interest and decided to buy its rights for a bio flick that will soon hit the big screens.
TMZ Sports reported that Wahlberg has officially signed to produce the movie that will display Butler’s troubled teen life and how he was able to get out from it and end up playing in the NBA. The two have been meeting since September of last year discussing the storyline for the movie and finally reached an agreement.
“I’m excited to take the next step towards sharing my story with an even larger audience and it’s a blessing to have someone as well-known and respected as Mark Wahlberg by my side. I wanted to tell my story because I’m living proof that it is possible to overcome adversity and make a better life for yourself and your family. The response from the book was overwhelming and when someone like Mark Wahlberg tells you that your life could be a movie, you listen,” Butler said.
Apparently, it’s not only the rights to the movie did Butler agreed upon, he also wants Michael B. Jordan, who starred in the famed Rocky sequel “Creed,” to play his role in the movie.
CBSSports reported that Wahlberg himself is excited from turning the autobiography to an inspiring movie and stated that Butler’s story is good, dramatic and very inspirational that shows a transformation and redemption in life. Wahlberg himself wrote a testimonial about Butler’s autobiography and how it moved him.
“This story is as good, as dramatic, and as inspirational as any I’ve dealt with in my professional career. Caron Butler should be applauded for turning his life around, for morphing into a role model, and for sharing his story so that others might learn from his example. This is not a basketball book as much as it is a book about life, a life of transformation and redemption,” Wahlberg related.
Butler, 35, was drafted by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft and played until the 2004 season. He then signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for one season before heading to the Washington Wizards. He also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma Thunder and Detroit Pistons before settling with the Kings.
Sports films, especially with storyline about transformation and redemption, are mostly watched and is popular especially to teenagers. It’s a film genre that inculcates lessons in life that are based on true events and from lives of real athletes.
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