As ’80s and ’90s reboots continue to take over the big and small screen, LeBron James is throwing his hat in the ring. The Cleveland Cavaliers star maintains his new version of “House Party” is not a reboot, but he’s looking to create his own take on the hit coming of age flick.
The new version, produced by James and SpringHill Entertainment partner Maverick Carter, his will revive the 1990s franchise that originally featured Kid ‘n Play.
“This is definitely not a reboot,” James told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday, Feb. 13. “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.”
Released in 1990, “House Party” centered on a high school party of epic proportions. James told ESPN that it’s an “honor” to produce the new version, which will be written by FX’s “Atlanta” scribes Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori.
“I had so much fun as a kid watching that movie,” he said. “When I was growing up as a youngster I was like, ‘Man, I hope I get an opportunity to throw one of these house parties, where it’s just a lot of fun, a lot of joking around, dancin’, people just having a good time.”
The flick will be the first narrative feature film for the baller’s production company, as Carter told THR James’ highly-anticipated “Space Jam” remake is “a ways off.”
Discussions of James making a cameo in the film are also present, as his appearance in 2015’s “Trainwreck” was widely celebrated.
“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.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun with it,” James added to ESPN. “I maybe even make a cameo in it, but we’ll see.”