One day after Akron Public Schools approved a plan for a new public school backed by the LeBron James Family Foundation, the NBA legend's film company will now be partnering with an Academy Award-winning director to showcase the school and its students.
James' SpringHill Entertainment announced Tuesday it will be teaming with Morgan Spurlock's Warrior Poets to produce a documentary series about the planned 'I Promise School,' which will provide at-risk kids with educations in STEM fields. SpringHill says the series will, "will chronicle the first year trials of working within the local public school system to build a unique educational environment for children who are falling behind and fighting uphill battles every day."
"Being able to create this school to specifically meet the needs of these kids and their families means everything to me," James said in a statement. "There are so many kids and families struggling, and we want this school to be a safe, positive place that helps them stay on the right track to earning their educations."
Spurlock, a veteran documentary filmmaker, is best known for his 2004 film Super Size Me chronicling the fast food industry. The picture earned him the Academy Award for Best Director.
"What LeBron has accomplished on the court pales in comparison to the lasting effects he is having on the young people of Akron,” Spurlock said. “I am honored to be able to share this journey with him, as well as with parents, fans and teachers around the world."
Shooting is set to begin soon in Akron, although it is not yet known where and when the series will air. The school itself is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.