EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate’s highly anticipated film centering on Dennis Rodman’s 48 hours in Vegas in the 1998 NBA Finals may have focused on the actor who will portray the infamous basketball star. Sources tell Deadline, that Jonathan Majors is in early talks to play Rodman aka “the Worm” in 48 hours in Vegas. Although a deal has not been reached, sources say Majors is all for it and the negotiations are moving in the right direction. Lionsgate won the rights to the spec in a highly competitive auction last August with Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Aditya Sood producing the film. Ari Lubet, Will Allegra and Rodman will serve as executive producers. The screenplay will be written by Jordan VanDina.
Lionsgate had no comment and representatives for the Majors could not be reached.
The spec is inspired by the crazy story of how NBA star Dennis Rodman embarked on a wild ride with his wayward assistant general manager in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals. The film will detail a friendship incipient that neither of them would have ever thought possible, but which will end up solving both of their problems.
Everyone had heard the rumors of this crazy story when it first happened in the 90s, but it was recently thrust back into the spotlight after the success of the Michael Jordan-Chicago Bulls documentary. the last dance, which premiered massively last May. The incident received a full treatment in the doc, with everyone from Jordan to trainer Phil Jackson to model Carmen Electra talking about what happened as Rodman made the trip while the Bulls were trying to complete their second championship run at three laps.
VanDina wrote the script during the pandemic, and once it hit the market, Lionsgate was instantly in love with the idea and all the crazy characters involved in the story, pushing hard to get the rights.
As for the majors, this Thanksgiving he will be seen as US Navy fighter pilot Jesse Brown in Black Label Media’s war epic. Dedication. Majors and the film are already receiving rave reviews after its premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Next year he is set to make his film debut as Kang The Conqueror in Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (He first debuted the character in the season finale of Loki). The film will be released in theaters on February 17, 2023. Next month, Majors will also co-star in Creed III as Adonis Creed’s nemesis. The highly anticipated release is scheduled for March 3, 2023.
Majors the most recently wrapped production on Dreams Magazinein which he stars and serves as an executive producer under his Tall Street Productions. Majors will play a black amateur bodybuilder who struggles to find a human connection in this exploration of fame and violence. Later this year, Majors will go into production on The man in my basement, the film adaptation of Walter Mosley’s novel. The actor will play the role of Charles Blakely and will be an executive producer through his Tall Street Productions. Protagonist Pictures will finance the film.
Majors is replaced by WME, Entertainment 360, Jackoway Austen.