Justin Bieber and Mark Wahlberg basketball movie delayed over script rewrites

By Daniel S Levine,

Pop star Justin Bieber and actor Mark Wahlberg have been talking about joining forces to do a basketball movie for months now, but it looks like fans of the “Boyfriend” singer and Contraband star will have to wait a little longer for the film. In a recent interview, Bieber revealed that the film’s script isn’t even finished and is being rewritten.

Bieber told MTV last week that the project is still in the works. “I'm still working on this movie with Mark Wahlberg...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,” he said.

Still, even though the untitled project looks like it will take a while to come together, Bieber is still going to work on his basketball skills, notes Entertainmentwise.

“It's really cool," the 18-year-old 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."

Wahlberg first talked about the project with MTV back in June 2011. At the time, Wahlberg said that the film will be like Martin Scorsese’s 1986 film The Color of Money, which had Paul Newman mentoring Tom Cruise in the pool-hustling world. Wahlberg said he was ready to play the “old guy” role. Beyond that, the plot of the basketball film is unknown.

Bieber has been seen on the big screen, having starred in the concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. He also has a short cameo in this summer’s Men in Black III. "[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 to MTV.

In other Bieber news, the singer performed “Boyfriend” on NBC’s The Voice finale Tuesday night.



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