Jessie T. Usher (Level Up), Ronreaco Lee (Glory, Let’s Stay Together), Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5, The Real Husbands Of Hollywood), Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris) and Teyonah Parris (Mad Men, …
Ebersols Aboard To Produce And Script Warner Bros’ ‘Space Jam 2′ As A Starring Vehicle For LeBron James
EXCLUSIVE: What’s up, doc? A broken nose. Ouch! After he recovers from the injury suffered in last night’s game, NBA MVP LeBron James will be ready for his close-up — with Bugs Bunny.
Broadcasting veteran Dick Ebersol‘s sons have come on board to develop the sequel to 1996 animated/live-action hit Space Jam as a starring vehicle for James. The player is the Miami Heat star who broke his nose during last night’s game against the Oklahoma City when the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka got him in the face after a dunk.
Another Space Jam film? Why not? The first film, which broke ground for Warner Bros and starred then-Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and a slew of other top NBA players, ended up grossing $230M worldwide for the studio.
Charlie Ebersol, who already has a good relationship with the NFL through his NFL Characters Unite series on USA Network, is about ready to do the same with the NBA. He has been brought on to the produce the picture through his production company, The Company, from a script by his brother Willie Ebersol. The latter won an Emmy for the London Olympics. This is his first screenplay.
Starz has given an official series pickup to Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour scripted comedy series executive produced by NBA star LeBron James, Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, James’ manager Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter. I hear the order is for 6 episodes. The project, written by O’Malley, had been on fast-track development and considered a front-runner for the Q4 slot that became open in December when Starz pulled out of its commitment to Sky Atlantic’s upcoming drama series Fortitude. Survivor’s Remorse, which had assembled a small writers room and had started preliminary casting for the two leads in anticipation of a series pickup, will debut next fall. Its green light comes on the heels of Starz ordering ballet drama Flesh And Bone for 2015.
Hart will first co-write the comedy along with his scripting teammates Joey Wells, Chris Spencer and Harry Ratchford. He’ll then star as a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. Hart is certainly dominant in the stand-up arena, but posting up against this screen sibling could be dangerous. Hart is under 5’3″ while James is a towering 6’8.” That kind of sibling size differential hasn’t been seen since Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in another Universal comedy, Twins. They’ll sign a director when Hart and his cohorts turn in the script. The plan is to start production next summer when James has time off.
UPDATED: I don’t follow the daily ins and outs of the sports agency biz — but I try my best to keep up with powerhouse CAA‘s when it makes headlines. So I’ve confirmed that basketball superstar LeBron James just made another “Decision”: he has left his veteran sports agent Leon Rose at CAA and followed his childhood friend, young CAA agent Rich Paul, out the tenpercentery’s door. LeBron is joining Paul’s new representation boutique Klutch Sports Management based in Cleveland (where James played with the Cavs before infamously jumping to the Miami Heat in 2010). LeBron filed paperwork with the NBA Players’ Association on Wednesday to make it official. Meanwhile, Paul is getting officially certified to become LeBron’s third agent since the forward entered the league in 2003 and now ranks 4th on the latest Forbes’ list of richest athletes. “Paul is a good guy who’s starting a little 4-person business,” a CAA insider tells me. “We wish them well.”
The news about the three-time NBA MVP, and 2-time Olympic Gold Medallist was first tweeted by Sports Business Journal‘s Liz Mullen overnight and is causing ripples in the sports representation world. Especially because CAA was instrumental in bringing James to the Miami Heat (but did not package that TV primetime sports special The Decision about where LeBron was going to play). James’ playing contract still has $73.9 million over four years remaining. CAA will continue to reap LeBron’s rewards — until James’ player opt-outs in 2014 and 2015. This “could be the beginning of a shift of power in the NBA,” ESPN is reporting. “James was at the centerpiece of CAA’s rise to prominence in the NBA during the past five years … and made CAA a major power broker.”
UPDATED: You know that LeBron James hourlong primetime sports special The Decision tonight all about where he’s going to play next season? Well, it was not put together by LeBron James’ sports agency CAA. According to my Hollywood agency sources, Ari Emanuel of …
LeBron James’ decision about where he will play next season is certainly newsworthy but to devote a one-hour prime-time special on it?! That’s what ESPN is doing with the dramatically-titled The Decision tomorrow night at 9PM. (That name is usually used …