LeBron James Making NBA Draft Comedy Viral Video Into a Feature Film
When LeBron James proved in “Trainwreck” that he had acting chops to go along with his prodigious basketball talents, the only question was what would do next in Hollywood. For a while it looked like he’d be making a sequel to “Space Jam,” with James replacing Michael Jordan, but that now appears stalled. Instead, the Cleveland Cavalier star now says he will work behind the scenes on an ambitious project: a feature film based on a viral video.
According to Deadline, James is joining forces with Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema to acquire the rights to Connor Toole’s imposter video shot at the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-10 bearded humor writer donned a business suit and was able fool people into thinking he was a second-round pick of the Utah Jazz. The ruse allowed him to score free drinks and lots of female attention. The video has generated nearly 5 million views.
Movie Is First Project from Partnership Between LeBron James and Warner Bros.
The project is the first to be announced since James and his production company, Spring Hill Entertainment, entered into a partnership with Warner Bros. to make movie, TV and digital content. James will serve as an executive producer on the Toole project, according to Deadline. No other details were revealed.
James, who had just scored rave reviews for his comic acting in the Amy Schumer-starring “Trainwreck,” said when the deal was unveiled that connecting with his fans and “telling meaningful stories” have “always been my passion.”
LeBron James Played Coy About Whether He’ll Make Space Jam 2
“And I’ve always loved movies, which makes Warner Bros. the ultimate partner to help us continue to push the envelope,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what we come up with.”
The “Space Jam 2” rumors picked up speed after that. In a Twitter exchange with a fan, he was asked point-blank if he planned on doing it. James responded coyly, “Maybe …. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Watch Conner Toole’s video below from Elite Daily: