He Got Game May Finally Get A Sequel After 16 YearsBy: Tobias Roth - January 8, 2014
Spike Lee’s big film that shot Ray Allen to stardom may finally be getting a sequel. It has been teased about for some time, but good news may be coming for fans of the original He Got Game.
Since the film’s release, the NBA star and film director have talked about a possible sequel coming. Spike Lee is a huge basketball fan, and has been known to show his constant support for the New York Knicks.
Ray Allen was a player for the Seattle Supersonics at the time that he made He Got Game in 1998, while Spike Lee had perhaps already climaxed with his career after directing Malcolm X in 1992, along with other hit films such as Do The Right Thing in 1989.
Allen finally opened up about the idea of a He Got Game sequel when saying “Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first. But it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”
While it may not be possible to replicate the quality of the first film, there is no doubt that fans of the film and Ray Allen would love to see another film with him starring as Jesus Shuttlesworth.
Interestingly enough, as some people reading this may wondering what the film is, the film was never a big success at the box office, or critically acclaimed.
He Got Game tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, played by Ray Allen, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father (Denzel Washington), who simply wants him to go to college in order for him not to end up in prison the way that he did.
While Spike Lee seems to be into the idea, and could use another hit in his career, Ray Allen is playing for the Miami Heat, and after winning the NBA championship again, he is already in a good spot.
The nickname has stuck with him throughout his career, and he will even be wearing J. Shuttlesworth on the back of his jersey during a game that will have all of the players from the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets using their nicknames for one game, showcasing a variety of nicknames that have developed over years in the league. The game will also feature Lebron “King James” James and Kevin “KG” Garnett, among others.
Ray Allen was 22-years-old in his first time acting with Spike Lee, and after 16 more years playing in the NBA, he should be ready to make a return to the big screen for a He Got Game sequel. Would they be making the right decision?
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