Ride Along director to tackle Rodman's "hoops diplomacy."
Dennis Rodman's now-infamous trips to North Korea may not have been effective diplomacy, but his antics have inspired some of the hottest talent in Hollywood. Tim Story, the hitmaking director behind Think Like a Man and Ride Along, has signed on to make a comedy based on Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" tour.
Diplomats, which will be produced by studio veteran Peter Chernin, will follow the international antics of a 6'7" retired professional basketball player, clearly inspired by Rodman.
The trouble-prone former NBA star caused a stir last year when he became friendly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un and advocated for the ruthless leader of the rogue nation in the American press. One trip, in which Rodman played in an exhibition game for Dear Leader's birthday, resulted in a bizarre interview on CNN that lead to Rodman making a public apology and checking himself into rehab.
No word on when the film will go into production, or who will play the Rodman-inspired character, but with his back-to-back hits TLAM and Ride Along, Story has seen his stock rise dramatically in Hollywood this past year and likely has the power to fast-track projects.
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