April 06, 2010
As I'm sure you already know, LeBron James(notes) is "probably not playing" in this summer's world championships. And while that didn't sit well with USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo, LeBron James has other commitments. Namely, "Fantasy Basketball Camp," a basketball comedy that's filming over the summer. Hey, a guy has to put food on his family.
With a name like "Fantasy Basketball Camp," we could have guessed what the flick was going to be about. But thanks to the Melodie Smith at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, we don't have to. Action!
Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee ("Soul Men," "Undercover Brother") will direct "Fantasy Basketball Camp," a comedy set to star LeBron James, the Hollywood Reporter said.
"The story centers on five men who come to Las Vegas to live out their fantasy by attending the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp, only to end up dragging James into their various life issues," THR said.
Peter Steinfeld ("21," "Be Cool") is writing a new draft of the script, which was originally penned by Hollywood writing vets Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.
From the writer of "21" and "Be Cool?" Very excellent. There's no way this will be as good as "Just Wright," but that's true of every sports movie ever made, and most movies in general. Apparently, it's the year of the basketball movie and no one told me.
Needless to say, we should all be very excited about this movie and buy tickets as soon as possible. After all, two of LeBron's biggest influences — Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal(notes) — both made movies and those turned out spectacularly. This is a can't miss.
(h/t The Baseline)