Comedian Kevin Hart is co-writing and developing a film for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment titled Ballers. Its premise will feature Hart serving as the little brother of a domineering basketball star who gets his big break when he attends a summer camp.
Who better than to play the movie’s top hoops star than LeBron James?
The Real Husbands of Hollywood star has been plotting this move for years and his chance to stand alongside the NBA’s reigning MVP (with a booster chair undoubtedly) has finally come.
Reports the AP:
Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg will produce “Ballers” for Imagine, which was forced to put the project on the back burner in 2011 after James’ Miami Heat lost in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. James would’ve come under fire if he spent the summer shooting a movie rather than working on his game. Now that he has two championship rings, naysayers will have a hard time questioning his summer vacation plans.
Hart and James will executive produce with Maverick Carter and Imagine’s Kim Roth.
Production is scheduled to start in the summer of 2014. In the meantime, Hart will co-write the comedy with his frequent collaborators Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel were the original writers on the project along with Peter Steinfeld.
Kevin Hart has been making moves all year including his aforementioned show on BET and a recent announcement that will feature him on ABC’s network.
LeBron’s teammate, Dwyane Wade will also be seeing his likeness on TV in a different light. He has been given the greenlight for a FOX sitcom based on his family life.
According to the report, James didn’t shoot the film because of his loss in the 2011 NBA Finals. So if Miami doesn’t 3-peat, is this movie never getting shot?
Ah, the questions.
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