Reading this news, I thought we’d covered the project in the past, and, sure enough, digging through the S&A archives, I found a 2012 interview with Jamie Foxx, while he was doing press for the Project Imaginat10n short film he directed (under Ron Howard’s watch), during which he shared plans to direct a feature comedy film, as long as all the various parts came together, stating: “I got a film I want to direct, it’s called ‘All Star Weekend.’ It’s about two guys, one guy loves Kobe Bryant, the other guy loves LeBron James. When you talk about LeBron and Kobe, it’s like talking about Republican and Democrat. It is all the way out there funny. I’ve talked to Kevin Hart, and I’ve talked to Ken Jeong from ‘The Hangover.’ I would probably make a cameo in it. Hopefully we’ll get that going really soon.”
Four years later, it appears that the project is now ready for Foxx to direct it, although no word on casting at this time, nor whether Keving Hart and Ken Jeong, who he said he’d talked to previously, are still in his sights. Chances are that Hart, who has seen his star rise exponentially over the last 4 years, might be too expensive and busy for Foxx at the moment.
But offers are said to be out to actors, with added word that Foxx may also produce a theme song for the film which will be included on a soundtrack that is planned for Epic Records.
I should note that, in the same 2012 interview, Foxx also shared his strong desire to make a “Skank Robbers” movie, because, as he said, “the script that we have is so clever and so smart. But it comes down to Martin [Lawrence]. I think it would be a blast to do those characters again one more time.”
The characters were of course Wanda and Sheneneh.
“Skank Robbers” the movie never happened, thankfully! And let’s hope it stays that way, and isn’t just in Limbo like “All Star Weekend” has been, waiting for its various necessary parts to finally come together.
By the way, this won’t be Jamie Foxx’s first time behind the camera; his IMDBPro page lists a 2011 TV movie called “Night Tales,” which never aired; at least there’s no confirmation that it did.
Showbiz 411 was first to report the news of “All Star Weekend’s” revival.
Source: Shadow & Act