Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen according to ESPN.com on Jan. 7
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie "He Got Game," said he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel. The talks started shortly after the Heat won their second straight NBA title according to Allen.
"Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first," Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 107-88. "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."
Lee posted a photo of himself and Allen to a social media account last summer, saying then that they were engaging in sequel talk. It wasn't clear then how serious those conversations were.
Allen, who still gets called "Jesus" by teammates, said he's committed to making it happen.
"Hopefully it works out," said Allen, whose character in the film was a highly recruited high school basketball star.
Allen will wear his character name "J. Shuttlesworth" on his jersey for a number of upcoming Heat games figures this game, starting with the game against Brooklyn on Jan. 10. He believes the sequel would have a strong following.
“Not one day goes by where I walk in here and guys don’t say that they didn’t watch it last night or it wasn’t on,” Allen said. “I don’t know who’s in charge of delegating what gets on TV, but it seems like that movie’s been on a lot the last two or three months.”
Denzel Washington, who played Shuttleworth’s father, and Rosario Dawson, who played Shuttleworth’s girlfriend, also starred in the film.
It’s unclear who might be involved in a “He Got Game” sequel or where the story might take place according to the Inquisitr.com.