Blake Griffin is the latest NBA star to become a Hollywood power player. He and NFL star Ryan Kalil’s production company, Mortal Media, has sold a sci-fi action comedy pitch to Paramount.
The untitled film is by writing duo Teddy Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum, who also wrote MGM’s proposed sequel to Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Dawn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buchbaum and Riley also helped Griffin and Kalil create the pitch. This would be the first feature film from the production company.
Other upcoming projects from Mortal Media include a remake of White Men Can’t Jump from black-ish creator Kenya Barris, as well as a reboot of The Rocketeer which would feature a black female lead in the title role.
Griffin seems to be following the path laid out by LeBron James, who has been slowly accruing a sizable role in Hollywood with his production company, SpringHill Entertainment. Along with starring in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, he also executive produced Starz’s basketball-centric dramedy Survivor’s Remorse. His most recent Hollywood sale includes successfully pitching a “subversive action-comedy” film called Public Enemy, hailing from both his SpringHill Entertainment banner and Channing Tatum’s Free Association banner.
Stephen Curry is also getting into the production game after closing a multi-year development and production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, the company’s largest deal with any athlete to date.