Producer and NBA legend LeBron James has been instrumental in shifting the House Party remake from streaming title to theatrical release.
If you’re of a particular age, you’ll definitely remember 1990’s House Party, a classic teen comedy that found itself on heavy rotation in the VHS player of many a teenager’s house. The misadventures of the film’s two heroes, Kid and Play, were fun and the two leads had great chemistry.
We’ve known for a while that LeBron James, basketball icon and Oscar-winning filmmaker, has been shepherding the remake of House Party. Now it seems that his involvement is perhaps even more instrumental as, according to Christopher Reid who played the original Kid: “He’s very involved. He has complete ownership, to my understanding, at this point.”
If James actually owns the rights to the film entirely, you can imagine why he wants the project to do as well as possible. As such, James has pushed for the film to be given a theatrical release, rather than follow the original plan of distributing it straight onto HBO Max. According to Reid:
“The release was supposed to be on HBO Max July 28th, and then no one knew what happened because it got pulled from the schedule. But… I’ll leave it like this. From a very reliable source, it probably don’t get more reliable than this, than the King himself, that it’s going to be a theatrical release.”
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Bumblebee) and Tosin Cole (Doctor Who) will play the roles of Kid and Play, whilst the film will be directed by the acclaimed music video director, Calmatic. The film is set for a 2023 release and we’ll let you know more as we hear it.
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