LeBron James may be a contemporary NBA megastar, but he’s also wearing other career hats outside the basketball court. While he sometimes dabbles in acting (ex: 2015 movie Trainwreck), he notably fields duties as film producer; an affordable lark when your estimated net worth is around $400 million. However, in an impromptu team-up, James and movie star Channing Tatum have just sold an action-comedy pitch to New Line for a project called Public Enemy.
The Public Enemy project is being described as “a subversive action comedy that looks at the speed of media in the current landscape.” The pitch, based off a screenplay by newcomer Lucas Carter, arrived from LeBron James’s production company (with Maverick Carter), SpringHill Entertainment, and Channing Tatum’s Free Association. The SpringHill duo of James and Carter appear to be taking point on the project with both attached to produce.
Public Enemy makes its arrival on the SpringHill slate shortly after the company signed on to produce a reboot of the 1990s House Party comedy movies. However, the company’s television arm already has a firm grip on shows such as the hit U.K. crime series, Top Boy, an untitled Octavia Spencer Netflix series and NBC game show The Wall. By contrast, Tatum’s Free Association (which he runs with Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan,) have mostly provided platforms for the star such as the Magic Mike films, the Jump Street films, Logan Lucky and the Amazon comedy voiceover series, Comrade Detective.
There’s no word yet if Tatum’s involvement will lead to an onscreen role. The actor was most recently seen in the 2017 sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and is lending his voice to animated features Smallfoot and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (as Superman). Additionally, the longstanding rumors that he will field Fox’s X-Men spinoff film, Gambit and Universal’s “Dark Universe” monster film, Van Helsing, are still going strong.
More news on Public Enemy as it arrives!