Twenty-eight years after turning Kid ‘n Play into household names, House Party is ready for its reboot. And LeBron James is the man who plans to make it happen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron’s production company, SpringHIll Entertainment, is reviving the franchise, which included the 1990 original, along with sequels that came out 1991 and 1994. Jamal Olori and Stephen Glover, both writers on the critically acclaimed FX show Atlanta, will write the script.
Speaking to THR, LeBron said that while the movie will be made in the same spirit as the original, he doesn’t want it to be called a “reboot.”
“This is definitely not a reboot. It’s an entirely new look for a classic movie,” he said. “Everyone I grew up with loved House Party. To partner with this creative team to bring a new House Party to a new generation is unbelievable.”
On Tuesday morning LeBron elaborated on his love of the modern classic, which follows a bunch of teenagers trying to have a party against their parents wishes. “I had so much fun as a kid watching that movie,” LeBron said.
“When I was growing up as a youngster I was like, ‘Man, I hope I get an opportunity to throw one of these house parties, where it’s just a lot of fun, a lot of joking around, dancin’, people just having a good time.”
He also teased a cameo in a tweet.
Maverick Carter, LeBron’s partner in SpringHill, told THR that the company is scouting musicians who might star in the movie in similar roles as Kid ‘n Play. Drake, who has experience as an actor and a relationship with SpringHill, is one possibility.
After putting several TV shows on the air, the House Party reboot is LeBron’s first venture into the movie business. But it’s not the first time his company has been connected to a 90s classic. For years, speculation has run rampant about a possible Space Jam reboot starring LeBron. Unfortunately, as Carter told THR, that’s “a ways off.”