NBA star LeBron James is looking to make a career in Hollywood following reports that he has signed a deal with New Line to produce the reboot of the 1990s film House Party.
James, together with his SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter, has booked a deal with New Line for a reboot of its hit House Party films. Although according to the NBA superstar, the film is "not a reboot." Instead, he called it "an entirely new look for a classic movie."
"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," James said about his involvement in the film.
Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori, the writers behind the Emmy-winning FX comedy-drama Atlanta, have signed to write the screenplay.
Details about the cast and production date have yet to be revealed, although Carter is not ruling out a cameo from the basketball celebrity. James' appearance in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck garnered him praises and since then, fans have been asking for more film cameos.
"There's no plan for it now, but he's a fantastic actor, and if he wants a role, Stephen will find a great role to put him in," Carter said.
Aside from his appearance in Trainwreck, James will also appear in Space Jam 2 from director Justin Lin. He is also the executive producer of the sequel. James also lent his voice in the animated film Smallfoot.
Carter likewise hinted at the possibility of casting musicians in the House Party reboot.
"We're trying out some ideas for musicians to be cast in and to be a part of the project," he added.
Perhaps a cameo from Drake is a possibility. Carter's Springhill Entertainment is currently collaborating with the Canadian rapper on the crime drama Top Boy from Netflix and on the documentary The Carter Effect. Coincidentally, the rapper is also good friends with James.
'House Party' Plot
The original House Party film is about a party held at a high-schooler's house while his parents are away on vacation. The film, directed by Reginald Hudlin, starred the hip-hop duo Kid 'n Play, Bowlegged Lou, B-Fine, Martin Lawrence, A.J. Johnson, Paul Anthony, and Tisha Campbell. The film was a success and earned New Line $26.4 million at the box office, which prompted the company to release two installments, House Party 2 in 1991 and House Party 3 in 1994.