The long-simmering basketball flick starring Justin Bieber and Mark Wahlberg looks like it’s going to get delayed a bit longer. Both parties seem to remain steadfast to make it happen, but with the film still in the scripting phase, a timetable for when it might actually happen remains up in the air.
“I’m still working on this movie with Mark Wahlberg,” Bieber told MTV News last week. “I don’t know what the deal is. Turns out they’re rewriting the script or something, trying to make it fit better and stuff.”
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Wahlberg previously told us the film would be in the vein of Martin Scorsese-directed “Color Of Money,” starring Tom Cruise and Paul Newman, with Bieber playing the rookie to Wahlberg’s mentor character. And pool, in this case, has been replaced with basketball. Little else is known about the plot.
“It’s really cool,” Bieber said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to do that as well soon. So I’ll be hooping. I got to get back in the gym. I haven’t played basketball in a while. I did like a little charity basketball game at Shaq’s house for Pencils of Promise. We did a little charity basketball game, and I won.”
Bieber might feel like he’s out of practice now, but he proved his balling skills in 2010 when he sunk a half-court shot during his MTV “Diary” special.
The basketball film won’t be JB’s first foray into Hollywood: On top of his box-office smash concert film “Never Say Never,” Bieber will make a blink-and-you-might-miss-it cameo in “Men in Black III,” opening later this month. “[It's] not a character. Basically you see me on the screen for, like, two seconds. They showed me the piece … and [I was like] ‘Where was I?’ ” he joked.