Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Justin Bieber Basketball Movie Will Be 'Worth The Wait'

'We're waiting for the script ... it's a bit of a process having the script written,' Mark Wahlberg tells MTV News about movie's progress.
By Kara Warner

<P>In addition to delighting us with his surprise appearance at <a href="/news/articles/1680866/sxsw-mark-wahlberg-seth-macfarlane.jhtml">Seth MacFarlane's SXSW panel</a> and our scheduled interview afterward, <a href="">Mark Wahlberg</a> told MTV News Sunday that while his basketball movie with <a href="">Justin Bieber</a> has not officially been green-lit yet, the storywriting is already in full swing. </P><P> </P><P><center><embed src="" width="460" height="260" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" base="."></embed></center> </P><P> </P><P>"We're waiting for the script," Wahlberg said when asked for an update on the anticipated film. "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." </P><P> </P><P>Wahlberg emphasized that they want to make sure that the script is as good as it can be before they move forward into production. </P><P> </P><P>"It certainly [has to be] something that's good enough to go and have green-lit and make right away," he said. "But I think it will be well worth the wait." </P><P> </P><P>From what "The Fighter" star and <a href="/news/articles/1680191/justin-bieber-birthday-fan-questions.jhtml">recent birthday boy</a> have said about the film, they're developing a basketball movie in the vein of "The Color of Money" in which Wahlberg will play a weathered baller who takes a younger player (Bieber) under his wing. </P><P> </P><P>Wahlberg has said that his <a href="/news/articles/1676492/mark-wahlberg-justin-bieber-basketball-movie.jhtml">intuition</a> is a big reason why he pursued the project with the pop star. </P><P> </P><P>"I'm pretty intuitive," he said. "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." </P><P> </P><P>Bieber has hinted that he hopes to fit a film project into his busy schedule this summer, though he didn't specifically say which film that might be. </P><P> </P><P>"What's happening is: get off this tour, and then my [holiday] album's coming out, so I have to go back out and promote that album ... and then after that ... it's almost time for my next album, so then everything starts over again," <a href="/news/articles/1672884/justin-bieber-new-movie.jhtml">Bieber told us</a> last fall. "Hopefully, next summer I can start on a movie or something."</p>

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