LeBron James is taking his talents to Hollywood, and no, it does not mean he is signing with the Lakers (at least not yet).
The three-time NBA champion and his business partner, Maverick Carter, will produce a revival of the “House Party” comedy movie franchise.
“This is definitely not a reboot. It’s an entirely new look for a classic movie,” James told The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone I grew up with loved ‘House Party.’ To partner with this creative team to bring a new ‘House Party’ to a new generation is unbelievable.”
The project is another instance of James, 33, expanding his brand and interest into the entertainment industry.
James and Carter, the founders of SpringHill Entertainment — a collaborator with Warner Bros. — will have “Atlanta” writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Odori pen the screenplay.
James played himself in the 2015 Judd Apatow romantic comedy “Trainwreck,” starring Amy Schumer. Carter would not rule out a potential cameo for the Cavaliers’ All-Star in the “House Party” revival.
“There’s no plan for it now, but he’s a fantastic actor,” Carter said. “If he wants a role, Stephen will find a great role to put him in.”
The original “House Party,” starring Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin, better known as the hip-hop duo Kid N’ Play, as well as comedian Martin Lawrence, consisted of three movies released in the early ’90s.
SpringHill Entertainment is collaborating with rapper Drake on two other projects, and James could call on his good friend to contribute to the soundtrack of the new “House Party” franchise.
The NBA will take center stage in Hollywood this weekend with the All-Star Game and its festivities being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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