LeBron James' Springhill Entertainment Joins Channing Tatum's Free Association for Upcoming Comedy PUBLIC ENEMY
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron James' and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment is teaming with Channing Tatum's Free Association on the New Line comedy Public Enemy.
James and Carter will produce the film, which was sold off a pitch and is described as a subversive action comedy that looks at the speed of media in the current landscape. Up-and-coming writer Lucas Carter is penning the screenplay.
The project comes on the heels of Warner Bros.-based James' move to produce a House Partyreboot for New Line, with ATLANTA writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori penning the screenplay.
James and Carter are producing Public Enemy, while SpringHill's Spencer Beighley and Jamal Henderson are overseeing for SpringHill. Michael Parets and Andrew Schneider are shepherding the project for Free Association.
Free Association, which is run by Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, most recently produced Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky as well as the Amazon series Comrade Detective. The company's credits also include the 22 Jump Street and Magic Mike franchises. Free Association is currently producing Magic Mike Live Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Off the court, Lebron James has had a successful career as an actor, host, and activist. James and comedian Jimmy Kimmel co-hosted the 2007 ESPY Awards. In other comedic pursuits, he hosted the 33rd-season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He has also tried his hand at acting, appearing in a cameo role on the HBO series Entourage. In 2015, he played himself in the Judd Apatow film Trainwreck, receiving positive reviews for his performance. That same year, James's digital video company, Uninterrupted, raised $15.8 million from Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Sports to help expand the company's efforts to bring athlete-created content to fans. It is hosted on Bleacher Report and is used by several other athletes including New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Along with business partner Maverick Carter, James owns production company SpringHill Entertainment, whose first work was the Lions Gatedocumentary More Than a Game, released in 2009 and chronicling James's high school years. Series produced by SpringHill include the Disney XDsports documentaries Becoming, Starz sitcom Survivor's Remorse, and animated web series The LeBrons. In 2016, CNBC aired an unscripted series hosted by James called Cleveland Hustles, where four up-and-coming Northern Ohio entrepreneurs will be financed on the condition of revitalizing a neighborhood in Cleveland. In the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, a 60-minute Vince Carter documentary entitled The Carter Effect was executive produced by James and Maverick Carter along with rapper Drake and Future the Prince. In February 2018 it was announced that James' production company will produce a new film in the House Party series with James expected to make a cameo.