I guess it's not just about the musicians when it comes to the slew of biopics on the way. In the last few months, we've had word of biographies of Ernie Davis and Jesse Owens, and now Production Weekly has announced that a new film about basketball legend Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton is going into production. Although to be fair, you can't accuse writer-director Martin Guigui of jumping on a bandwagon, as he has been working on Sweetwater for almost a decade.

Clifton began his career with The New York Rens before joining the Harlem Globetrotters in 1947; by 1950 he had joined the New York Knicks. Clifton was known for exceptional ball-handling skills (which might have something to do with the fact that Clifton sported size 14 hands). At the age of 27, Clifton was the first African-American to sign a contract with the NBA. By the end of his first season he had helped take the team to its first shot at the finals.

This isn't the only project Guigui has on the way, his other film Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (2007) is a comedic story about an evangelical musician on a mission to rid the world of electronic gadgets -- which I hope for the sake of Clifton's memory, is better than it sounds. Sweetwater is set to start production this February.

[via Dark Horizons]
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