I assume you’re learning a lot about telling stories through working with Vice Sports on your video series. Carmelo Anthony: Yeah, that was one of the reasons why we wanted to expand. And our team dealt with Vice because of the history I have with the film and production side of things.
While he has put such talk on the backburner, LeBron James has been linked to a commitment for Space Jam 2, a sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan vehicle. And the one thing about LeBron is he is known to share with his friends. So could Dwyane Wade, who already has shown some acting chops, be convinced to hop aboard? “I would. I would be interested in it,” Wade said. Wade said he sees nothing wrong with a follow up to the original. “Why not?” he said. “Obviously the first one was with Jordan and so many great players, so why not have one for this generation if it can be done?” Beyond Jordan, the original Space Jam also included Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and several other players of that era. Earlier during the postseason, James said of the project. “I have a great team that’s handling my affairs off the court. Ever since I signed with Warner Brothers, we’ve been looking to do some things and figure out some things that best fit both sides. My team is handling that, and I’m not going to take my focus off what my job is right now, and that’s being in the postseason right now.”
Kobe Bryant is getting advice from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Bruckheimer as he redirects his competitive drive from professional basketball to his publishing and production company. One month after retiring from the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers star has a new daily routine. “I get up early and I train and I work out. Then I go to the office,” Bryant said in an interview. He spends much of his day “kicking around ideas” with his staff of 10 full-time employees at Newport Beach, California-based Kobe Inc. – and calls up those Hollywood heavyweights for guidance.
When it comes to the “Inside the NBA” job offer, Kobe Bryant just did something pretty uncommon for him — he passed. As we previously reported, the honchos at the show had reached out to Mamba, hoping he’d join Charles Barkley, Shaq and the rest of the gang either this season or next. But Wednesday night outside of a Hublot watch event in Bev Hills, Kobe swatted the whole idea down — saying straight up he DOES NOT want the gig.
LeBron being in Trainwreck was a risk. What if LeBron wasn’t funny? What if it was a disaster? Maverick Carter: When we were thinking about doing Trainwreck, I asked myself, What’s the downside? The downside is LeBron does a movie, he’s bad at it, and everyone goes: He’s bad in a movie. But he’s still the best basketball player in the world. Also, it wasn’t his movie. He’s not on the poster. He didn’t have to carry the weight. Nobody was saying, I’m going to see LeBron’s movie.