Inspired by a 2015 viral video, the film will mark James' feature length production debut
LeBron James has scored the rights to produce his first feature film, a sports-fueled comedy based on a 2015 viral video.
As first reported by Deadline, the movie takes inspiration from an Elite Daily clip in which 6′ 10″ humor writer Connor Toole tricks an entire arena into thinking he’s a second round draft pick for the NBA’s Utah Jazz. The film is a collaborative effort between Warner Bros’ New Line Cinema and James’ newly formed SpringHill Entertainment, which signed a contract with the company in July. James will produce alongside Jeff Tahler (Paper Clips), with Maverick Carter and Shawn Sachs serving as executive producers.
Having appeared in 2015’s Trainwreck and guest-starred in the likes of Entourage, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teen Titans Go!, James is no stranger to the screen, but this will mark his first foray behind the camera for a full-length film. He previously executive-produced small screen shows like his animated series The LeBrons and Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse.
Watch Elite Daily’s orginal video below.