Disney+, the new streaming service operated by Disney, is currently developing a film based on the life of star Milwaukee Bucks basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Greek basketball player has brought an immense amount of pride to Greece for both his incredible athletic performance, and his humble, gracious personality. The 24-year-old Antentokounmpo has quickly risen up through the ranks of the NBA, and in 2019 he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Antentokounmpo was born to Nigerian immigrants in Athens, but due to Greek law, he was not technically considered a Greek citizen until he turned 18. However, the basketball phenom is immensely proud to be Greek and often speaks of his love for his home country.
At the moment, it appears that the feature film will portray Antetokounmpo’s early life and experiences in Greece as well as the flourishing of his basketball career.
The working title of the movie for the Disney+ project is “Greek Freak,” Antetokounmpo’s fond nickname in the press.
Former Disney executive Bernie Goldman will produce the script for the film, which was written by Arash Amel (“A Private War”). Goldman was also the producer of the recent, hugely successful movie about Greek history called “300.”