Amar'e Stoudemire must be counting on an NBA lockout next season. It's not like the New York Knicks forward doesn't already have enough projects on his plate, but now you can add the title of film producer to his resume. The Knicks star will be going Hollywood and producing "The Strangers 2," a sequel to the scary 2008 original "The Strangers."
No, the followup isn't about Isiah Thomas returning to the front office or the playoff sweep by the Boston Celtics--even thought both of those story-lines are pretty spooky to Knicks fans.
The original film was a $9 million production which grossed over $80 million worldwide. It starred Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young couple terrorized by three weirdos in masks.
The 6'10' Stoudemire talked about his new venture at a party in Manhattan. "Ever see 'The Strangers?' It's a scary movie...It's crazy," he said. Cue the slasher music.
Relativity Media has also backed and distributed other films including "Bridemaids," "The Fighter" and "The Social Network."
Stoudemire hasn't been idle or laying low this off-season. He is currently filming "Entourage" in Los Angeles and recently filmed a cameo in Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve" in New York City.
Not only is the Knicks star giving James Franco a run as the busiest guy in Hollywood, he is launching a clothing line with Rachel Roy this fall. Did I mention, he's a rapper too. Who isn't these days.
If Stoudemire really wants to be Cecil B. DeMille and produce a blockbuster, he should get Chris Paul to join Carmelo Anthony and himself on the New York Knicks. Stoudemire could call it "Three Amigos 2."
That's something New Yorkers would kiss him "on the veranda" for. Okay, the lips would be fine.