Back in 2011, it was reported that Justin Bieber has been tapped to star in an untitled basketball movie opposite Mark Wahlberg. Though the long-gestating project hasn't been green-lighted until now, Wahlberg himself has made it clear that the gig is still underway and is currently in the writing stage.
Sharing some updates on the film's progress to MTV, the Oscar nominee stated, "We're waiting for the script." The 40-year-old thesp explained furthermore, "Waiting for the script. Every time I see [Bieber] or Scooter [Braun], I have to explain to them that it's a bit of a process having the script written."
The Sean Dignam of "The Departed" noted that he wants to make sure that the screenplay is written properly before the film finally moves forward into production. "It certainly [has to be] something that's good enough to go and have green-lit and make right away," so said the actor before adding, "But I think it will be well worth the wait."
The untitled Justin Bieber Basketball movie is designed as a dramatic street basketball movie in the vein of Martin Scorsese's 1986 pic, "The Color of Money". The husband of Rhea Durham will star as a weathered baller who takes a younger player [Bieber] as his protege.
In addition to starring in it, the "Contraband" actor will serve as the producer along with Stephen Levinson and Bieber's manager Scooter Braun. Serving as the scribe, meanwhile, is "How to Make It in America" creator Ian Edelman.
Last December, Wahlberg shared that it was his intuition that led him to cast the "Baby" hitmaker in his upcoming movie. "I'm pretty intuitive," he claimed. "I see the guy and spent time with him, and you see what he does and how he does it, and then you actually have a conversation with him, and it's there."