Lebron James fans are going to be excited. The NBA icon, alongside business partner Maverick Carter, will soon be producing a remake of the ‘90s comedy House Party.
Directing the nostalgia-inspired film will be Calmatic, director of Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road Remix.
Considering there’s been quite a resurgence in 90s nostalgia, it’s unsurprising that this movie would also get the remake treatment.
The original starred Kid ‘N Play rap duo Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin as bffs planning an epic house party. With Play’s parents being out of town, the two besties and rap partners decided it’d be a prime opportunity, after all.
Kid, however, gets grounded and has to sneak out in order to attend the party. Of course, spoiler alert, he does – and it’s the best party ever.
Not only was the first movie a hit back in 1990, but it also spawned multiple sequels. In 1991, there was House Party 2 and, in 1994, there was a third. Cut to 2001, House Party 4: Down to the Last Minute was released. However, it went straight to video and featured no original cast members.
In 2012, House Party: Tonight’s the Night brought back the iconic Kid ‘N Play duo.
Now, we’re about to get a sixth House Party installment, thanks in part to LeBron. His SpringHill Entertainment has teamed up with distributor New Line Cinema and several other big Hollywood influencers.
With Calmatic directing, and writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori, we can actually see the potential for a remake, too. In fact, it may be one of the very few ‘90s reboots that’s got a solid chance at success.
Calmatic is a great directorial choice considering his familiarity with hip-hop culture, which plays a big part in the films. He’s worked with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Anderson Paak as well as Khalid.
Additionally, the ingenuity he exhibited with Old Town Road certainly demonstrates his creative panache. The video for the song’s remix with Billy Ray Cyrus likely had a major impact on the song’s pervasiveness. Plus, not only did the track break Billboard records, but the video also won MTV’s Video Music Award for best direction.
Writers Glover and Olori, we expect, should also be able to do great things with the source material. Both are known for their work on the critically acclaimed series Atlanta.