While the nation's love for all things Matthew Dellavedova seems to have petered out after the Warriors re-asserted control and eventually won the NBA Finals series against the Cavaliers, the brief attention was enough to give an old project inspired by the Australian guard some new life.
Australian actor Josh Howlett first read the story of the now Cavaliers guard and two of his Australian Institute for Sport teammates, Mitchell Young and Jorden Page, taking basketball scholarships at St. Mary's College three years ago, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, and decided it was a perfect story for film or television.
When Dellavedova grabbed the national spotlight with his inspired play in the Final's first three games, the project gained more steam, and The Herald reports that actors like Nick Nolte and Woody Harrelson have been approached to play the team's coach.
The project, which is currently called Final Four, is not aiming to directly tell the player's life stories, but is inspired by their journey from Australia to America thanks to basketball. Screenwriter Bobby Galinsky also notes they have yet to decide if the script will be shaped as a movie or as a TV series.
- Brendan Maloy