The life of Drazen Petrovic will hit the screens in 2023, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of death due to a traffic accident, under the (still provisional) name of Higher Force – The Drazen Petrovic Story, informs Variety “This is not just another sports film, but a drama that deals with the phenomenon of Petrovic’s genius and fighting spirit,” explains Danilo Serbedzija, the film’s director. “He also focuses on his personal life off the court and examines the challenges and insecurities of a unique athlete.”
The script is written by Ivan Turkovic Krnjak and produced by Ivor Siber Ljubo Zdjelarevic. All of them are Croatians, like Serbedzija, a land that gave birth to the Genius of Sibenik 57 years ago and who died very young, at 28 after an incredible sports career in Europe with Cibona and Real Madrid, with which he accumulated a dozen titles, including two European Cups with Zagren’s club. With the whites he won a Copa del Rey and a Recopa in just one season.
Praises from Jordan and LeBron
Trophies won before making the jump to the NBA. First to the Portland Trail Blazers for a season and a half, then to the New Jersey Nets. In the Big Apple he played two and a half seasons. The franchise withdrew its bib number 3.
“The best international player of all time”. This is how LeBron James, one of the many players who have paid tribute to Petrovic, describes him. “It was exciting to play against Drazen. Every time we competed, he competed with an aggressive attitude. He was not nervous, he came to me as strongly as I already approached him. So we’ve had big battles in the past, and unfortunately, they were short battles, ”continues Michael Jordan.
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