Kobe Bryant Is Making an Animated Film Called ‘Dear Basketball’



In his first major annoucment post-retirement, Kobe Bryant and Sports Illustratedhave stated that they would be turning his “Dear Basketball” retirement poem from the Players Tribune into a short, animated film which will debut in the fall.

According to Variety, “The ‘Dear Basketball’ short will be narrated by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, the animator who has worked on such classic films asAladdinThe Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast and Tangled.”

Additionally, John Williams, the five-time Oscar-winning composer – whose credits include Star WarsJaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T.Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films – will write the score for the animated ode to basketball.

Dear Basketball is the perfect tribute to something I’ve loved for so long,” Bryant in a statement. “Working with Sports Illustrated on this special project is an amazing opportunity to hopefully inspire fans all over the world.”

For more basketball and film coverage, check out the latest on LeBron James’ potential involvement in Space Jam 2.

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