LeBron James is making another foray into the film industry by producing the reboot of the 1990 comedy, House Party. This reboot is coming from Stephen Glover Jamal Olori, the writers of the hit FX show Atlanta.
The original House Party starred Christopher Reid as Christopher ‘Kid’ Harris, sporting the haircut of a lifetime, as a high school student trying to get to his friend’s house party. Unfortunately, he’s gotten in trouble at school and is grounded by his father (Robin Harris). So in order to avoid becoming a social misfit, he’s got to sneak out and get to that party to meet girls and have fun. Along the way, he’s being pursued by his father, the cops and three bullies from school, which leads to unexpected confrontations along the way. It’s as much of a coming of age film as it is a musical, incorporating musical flourishes to show black teenagers in a way that many viewers had not seen yet onscreen at the time. House Party also stars Martin Lawrence, Christopher Martin and Tish-Campbell Martin.
THR broke the news, saying James and his SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter will produce the new House Party. Since the original film relied so much on the soundtrack to add life and vibrancy to the film, Carter hopes for musicians to be cast and have a role in this project, though there aren’t any confirmed artists lined up yet. James described his approach to the outlet:
“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 House Party screenplay is coming from the powerhouse talent behind FX’s Atlanta, Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori. With the amount of local Atlanta musicians featured in Atlanta, it’s safe to assume that Carter’s remarks on musician cameos will come to fruition. The third episode of Atlanta featured Migos, an Atlanta-based trap group as the drug dealers in the woods. While we are in still in the speculation period, why not hope for a Childish Gambino appearance?
After Lebron’s highly successful appearance in Trainwreck, wherein he continually attempts to “sell” Bill Hader’s character on Cleveland, this is welcome news. House Party for a new audience could very well be pretty entertaining, and with the writing of Glover and Olori, we might have a Lebron cameo to top Trainwreck. Carter said there’s no plan in place for LeBron to have a role, but if the NBA star wants one, the creative team would find a spot for him.
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