Every year, the NBA’s biggest basketball stars come together during All-Star Weekend to compete with the league’s best. The sports movie All-Star Weekend was supposed to have been released during that weekend in 2018, but here we are over five years later and the movie still hasn’t been released.
All Star Weekend is directed by Jamie Foxx who also stars alongside other big names such as Robert Downey Jr., Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Gerard Butler and Benicio del Toro. A number of artists would also appear in the film, including DJ Khaled and Snoop Dogg.
All Star Weekend follows Malik (Foxx) and Danny (Piven), two friends and truck drivers who are avid basketball fans. They each have their favorite basketball player. Malik is a big fan of LeBron James, while Danny’s favorite is Stephen Curry. Danny’s obsession with the player is so great that his girlfriend Abby considers ending their relationship because she doesn’t want to come second.
The two drivers finally get a break from their dead-end jobs when they win tickets to the NBA All-Star Game. On the way to the big game, Malik and Danny meet the beautiful and mysterious Asia, who may have her own hidden agenda. After many twists and turns, the men, together with their heroes, find themselves in a perilous life-threatening situation.
The film was supposed to be released in February 2018, but ended up being rescheduled several times. First to 2019 and then to 2021. In August 2022 it was decided to suspend the film indefinitely. So we don’t know if we All Star Weekend will ever see.
There is no real reason for this, but it could be partly because of the character that Downey Jr. plays in the film. He plays the role of a Mexican, while he is not one at all. His role was inspired by his character Kirk Lazarus in 2008’s Tropic Thunder, in which he played an actor as a black man. There were also allegations of sexual misconduct against Piven in 2017, which the actor has denied.
Foxx was supposed to make his directorial debut with this film, but that did not happen. So far, Foxx has not directed another film, but has co-produced several. He remains positive All Star Weekend and he hopes that audiences will one day be able to see the film.
“It’s been hard with the current situation in the world of comedy”he told CinemaBlend last year when asked about the project. “We’re trying to cut through the sensitive corners to get people laughing again. We hope we can keep them laughing and go straight to All-Star Weekend, because we definitely went for it.” But whether they can really go for it is another question.