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LeBron James, shockingly, will not film his scripted comedy this summer

Jun 16, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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Well, proof does now exist that LeBron James has at least a bit of awareness about his public image in the aftermath of his meltdown in the 2011 NBA Finals. From Jeff Sneider of the Daily Variety:

Exclusive: LeBron James will have to wait at least another year to make his Hollywood debut.

The Miami Heat forward has been attached to star in Universal/Imagine’s sports comedy “Ballers” since September 2009, and after an initial yearlong delay to accommodate his summer 2010 free agency, production was pushed to next month. However, in the wake of Miami’s NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, exec producer Michael Rosenberg told Variety that because the script is still being developed, “we are not shooting this summer.”

Story follows five guys who attend the LeBron James Adult Basketball Camp in Las Vegas, but end up dragging the phenom into their myriad life issues.

If and when this movie does ever happen, it probably won’t be all that well-received because of LeBron’s post-”decision” image, even if the script puts Charlie Kaufman’s best work to shame and LeBron turns out to have the acting skills of a 6-8 Daniel-Day Lewis. (It probably won’t, and he probably doesn’t.)

But after a second consecutive season that ended with LeBron exiting the playoffs in just about the most embarrassing fashion imaginable, news that LeBron was filming this movie would have been a complete fiasco.  Give LeBron a little credit, I suppose, for knowing that now is not the time to make his Space Jam. That will probably have to wait until he wins a championship.

  1. qcubed3 - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    I’m not seeing how this decision was LeBron’s: Michael Rosenberg told Variety that because the script is still being developed, “we are not shooting this summer.”

    If you want a (dark) comedy, how about a story about how an entitled and arrogant athlete wants to be the first athlete to be worth over a billion dollars, and then makes every single wrong PR decision one could ever make in the course of one year, thus destroying his “brand’s” worth rendering him persona non grata in 49 1/2 of the 50 states. Now, THAT’S comedy!

    • jrd8523 - Jun 17, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      Yeah. Because Hollywood producers always tell the truth about why a greenlight project all of a sudden is not.

  2. randysavage4ever - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:07 PM

    Dear Lebron,

    get the ring first, the rest will take care of itself.

    priorities should be getting the ring.

    then do whatever the heck u want- more power to you, but get that ring first…all conversations about Lebron James begins and ends with the ring.

  3. savocabol1 - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    How are you so sure that Lebron is the one that delayed the shooting? Why would the director want one of the most hated athletes in the media as of right now in his movie?

    • randysavage4ever - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM

      good point , or maybe not just the director, the production company, etc…

      why invest a lot of money into a film project with such a polarizing figure at the moment…

  4. stoutfiles - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    A movie starring LeBron would bomb worse than Kazaam.

  5. philtration - Jun 16, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Why not?
    He already filmed a comedy during the Finals.

    • savocabol1 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM

      double like this comment

  6. nightmangler - Jun 17, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    im not much of a lebron fan but you folks need to get a life constantly bashing this man .spend your time on more useful things in your lives. like none of you never made bad decisions or mistakes. some of yall need to get a life for real

  7. halfcourthero - Jun 17, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Smfh… At least he had enough brains to know nobody was going to pay to see him look more stiffer acting than him playing in the 4th quarter.

  8. md23rewlz - Jun 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Rant: This sounds like the stupidest movie ever. Disregard LeBron’s “image,” this movie would suck even if he had gone back to Cleveland and hadn’t had the numerous PR debacles since last July. Why do people insist on making stupid movies? And the sad thing is, this horrible movie, whenever it is eventually made, is going to gross MILLIONS of dollars. People are going to pay their money to go see this worthless piece of garbage. They are going to willingly spend their time, money, and energy to go to a theater and watch something very very bad. Don’t do it, American populace. Just say no. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t consider myself a movie snob at all. Heck, I watch far too many bad horror movies, according to my Netflix suggestions. Why? Who knows. Those are at least redeemable in their unintentional humor. There’s not going to be anything redeemable about LeBron’s movie, though. JUST SAY NO TO THIS SOON-TO-BE-AWFUL MOVIE. Ebert out.

  9. diablito0402 - Jun 18, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    Wow now lebron is the total package, regular season A list actor, playoffs magician (dissapearing acts) , and a off season clown.

  10. football05 - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Boy any young black athlete that does not act like they came from a middle class family and had everything they wanted as a kid,and acts a little cocky gets beat down…… what a world.

  11. dirtybird2020 - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    Ur a idiot if u think it all ends with a ring!!!! He will always be that bum who called his self the chosen one, and went to a chosen 2, and took the easy road!!!!

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