LeBron James has changed the perception of professional athletes on and off the court with his various ventures, his lengthy career, and impressive net worth. Now he and his Spring Hill media company are set to make a splash this weekend at the box office with the release of “House Party.” The tandem partnered with Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema in a distribution deal for the release of the movie.
Who’s Cast In LeBron James’ “House Party” Movie?
James is a producer on the project and is rumored to make an appearance as himself in the movie. He has also lined up a star-studded cast that includes: Lil Wayne, DC Youngfly, Jacob Latimore, Kid Cudi, Tosin Cole, Andrew Santino, Rotimi, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Davis, and, of course, Kid n’ Play.
Can’t believe I’m in a movie with Kid N Play! That’s fucking crazy! I grew up on House Party!!!!!! Go see the new one 1/13/23
— GaTa (@GaTaGED) January 5, 2023
Who Is Directing LeBron’s “House Party” Film?
Highly acclaimed music video and commercial director Calmatic will make his big screen debut as director of this film.
This will be the second remake of a classic movie by the Spring Hill company with “Space Jam: A New Legacy” being released in 2021. That film opened up earning $31 million domestically at the box office. It grossed over $143 million overall, and James is hoping to duplicate the success.
Everyone is not excited for the remake. Some fans of the classic “House Party,” first released in 1990, believe that the past should remain in the past.
James won a Razzie award for worst actor with his “Space Jam” role, but that hasn’t slowed him down from continuing to make a push in the Hollywood film scene.
That new house party movie bout to flop something crazy
— Him Hudson 📸 ig:@tbearthephotographer (@tbearsnapped) January 10, 2023
Indiewire.com gave the new “House Party” a C+ after the prescreening. “The celebrity cameos may be fun for awhile, but ultimately Latimore and Cole don’t feel like big enough stars to carry the whole uneven adventure,” stated Indiewire movie critic Jude Dry.
Despite the skepticism, most fans on Twitter seem excited for the Friday release.
I was impressed with the new ideas and wild swings in this reimagining of the classic 90s teen romp. It's a very different movie than the original HOUSE PARTY, only taking a few core elements as a guide for an affable, current, and very fun update.
See it with crowd! https://t.co/1stbPdY30w
— ur good cis, ceejay (@ceejayperiod) January 9, 2023
LeBron James Making Big Off-Court Moves
James and his business partner Maverick Carter have made some astonishing investments. James is a part of Fenway Sports group, which has helped him gain ownership stakes in Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox. This partnership could potentially set James up to do his ultimate goal which is owning an NBA franchise.
Some of his other ownership stakes are in Blaze pizza, Ladder, and Uninterrupted just to name a few. He also a huge advocate for giving back to the community and has it on display with his iPromise school he opened up in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, in 2018.
In June 2022, Forbes announced that James’ net worth has reached over $1 billion.
His business savvy has prompted and inspired the new generation of athletes to take the same approach, athletes such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Steph Curry, just to name a few.
The 20-year NBA veteran has cemented his legacy on and off the court with his leadership in the black community, advocacy for all sports regardless of gender, and mentorship to the younger generation.