We are getting a series inspired by The Crossover coming to Disney+ sometime soon as production will officially begin next month if all goes well. We are getting Jalyn Hall as Josh Bell, Amir O’Neil as JB Bell, Derek Luke as Chuck Bell, Sabrina Revelle as Crystal Bell, Skyla I’Lece as Alex, Deja Monique Cruz as Maya, and Trevor Raine Bush as Vondie. The story has Josh and JB as basketball players dealing with their issues on and off the court as the two brothers navigate life and well as interact with their parents.
We are loving this idea for a new series on Disney+ and are excited to see how the book translates to the television screen, which we think will be extremely well. Stay tuned for more info on The Crossover and when the series will be ready to watch.
A Series Inspired By The Award-Winning Book “The Crossover” By Kwame Alexander, Is Set For Disney+
“The Crossover,” a drama series based on the critically acclaimed bestselling novel in verse by Kwame Alexander, a Newbery Medal-winning and Coretta Scott King Book Awards’ Author Honoree, has been ordered to series for premiere on Disney+. The Disney Branded Television series will be produced by 20th Television. Production begins in February.
The pilot episode was directed by George Tillman, Jr. (“The Hate U Give,” “For Life”) and was written by Kwame Alexander and Damani Johnson (“All Rise”). Executive producers include Todd Harthan (“The Resident,” “Rosewood”), Damani Johnson, Kwame Alexander, George Tillman, Jr., Bob Teitel, and Jay Marcus. Additionally LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company are joining the project as executive producers.
Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television, said, “We’re honored to bring Kwame Alexander’s poignant, emotional and poetic story to our Disney+ audience in partnership with this outstanding group of creative talent.”
“The Crossover” introduces teen brothers Josh and JB Bell, widely considered basketball phenomenon. Through his lyrical poetry, Josh narrates the story of their coming-of-age, on and off the court, as their former professional basketball player father adjusts to life after basketball, and their mother finally gets to pursue dreams of her own.
Starring are: Jalyn Hall as Josh Bell, Amir O’Neil as JB Bell, Derek Luke (“The Purge”) as Chuck Bell, Sabrina Revelle (“Zac & Mia”) as Crystal Bell, Skyla I’Lece (“Turn: Washington’s Spies”) as Alex, Deja Monique Cruz (“Law & Order: SVU”) as Maya, and Trevor Raine Bush (“After”) as Vondie.