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This is bound to lead to confusion: "Vice" director Adam McKay is developing a TV series called "Showtime" for HBO. (Not Showtime.)

It's about the heyday of the Los Angeles Lakers and is based on Jeff Pearlman's nonfiction book "Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s."

Max Borenstein ("The Terror") is writing the script for the pilot, which is already casting. So anyone who resembles Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or head coach Pat Riley, call you agent!

"Jeff Pearlman's book and Max Borenstein's script of the story of the Showtime Lakers really knocked me over. Sexism, racism, tragedy, redemption, no-look passes and a giant cultural shift in America... I can’t wait to start filming," McKay said Tuesday in a statement.

The 1980s Lakers, led by All-Stars Johnson and Abdul-Jabbar, won five NBA championships.

Since this is set in the '80s, what are the odds on Kareem's role  in "Airplane!" making the cut?

[Via THR]