LeBron James is getting back involved in Hollywood with a new version of a famous 1990s comedy.
LeBron James scored pretty good reviews for his first big role in a major motion picture a few years ago. Playing himself, he was one of the main characters in Amy Schumer’s 2015 hit Trainwreck.
The Cavaliers star spent most of his time playing opposite former Saturday Night Live castmember Bill Hader, the male lead and love interest of Schumer in the movie. Hader played a surgeon that specialized in treating athletes.
Based on the performance, James clearly has some comedy cops. It is unclear when his return to the silver screen will be, but he will be on the other side of the camera for another big-name film soon.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James revealed that he and business partner Maverick Carter will produce a new edition of House Party.
“This is definitely not a reboot. It’s 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.”
The original House Party, starring hip-hop’s Kid ‘N Play, was released in 1990. Two sequels came in 1991 and 1994, while other standalone movies using the franchise branding came in 2001 and 2013, to much less acclaim.
This sounds like it will also be a new film as well, as James clarified that it is “not a reboot.” It is unclear what, if any, plot connections there will be to the original films. As for James, the actor, there are no plans for a cameo but Carter acknowledged that it is a possibility.
“We’re trying out some ideas for musicians to be cast in and to be a part of the project,” says Carter, who adds that a cameo by James, in high demand since his well-received performance in Universal’s Trainwreck, also remains a possibility. “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,” adds Carter.
You can put that down as a “probably,” based on that quote. Carter was also asked about the long-discussed Space Jam reboot, but he said that is “a ways off.”
LeBron James is becoming a pretty experienced producer. He has the same role with Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, NBC gameshow The Wall, and a few other upcoming projects with places like Netflix. Whether this means that James will wind up relocating to Los Angeles after this season remains to be seen, but expect to see plenty of his name in Hollywood moving forward.