Since retiring from the NBA, Kobe Bryant has won an Oscar, he broke down players’ game film during the playoffs, and now, he wants to reach kids with his storytelling.
Sports Illustrated‘s Lee Jenkins went to the Kobe Inc. office and sat in while actors read through a sports-themed kids podcast as Kobe listened, and he talked to the five-time champ about his ideas behind his new projects. Per Jenkins, Kobe is working on young-adult books to publish in 2019-20, and some of those may be turned into movies and perhaps even a musical.
Here’s some of what Kobe had to say via SI:
“You and I grew up on The Sandlot,” Bryant says later. “That was fun. Fun, fun, fun. We’re trying to do the same thing here. And within the fun hide some fundamental elements of truth.”
“If Harry Potter and the Olympics had a baby, that would be the world we’re trying to communicate,” Bryant says. “There’s fantasy-dreamlike, magical elements-but it’s a magic kids can experience.”
Also, if you’re wondering what Kobe’s office building looks like, Jenkins covered that too:
They are on the second floor of a beige office building in Costa Mesa, Calif., but the space feels more like an Arts District loft: exposed pipes, Persian rugs, Manzanita trees, twinkle lights. Black-and-white photographs of J.K. Rowling and Walt Disney, Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey, line the entryway. A story room, with writers lounging on gray sofas and scribbling across grease boards, is hidden behind thick curtains. A sign that reads zen as f- leans against the wall in the production studio, waiting to go up.
Sounds about right.