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Is Spike Lee planning a sequel to He Got Game?

Jan. 10, 2014by: Niki Stephens

It's been sixteen years since the release of Spike Lee's HE GOT GAME. A lot of time has passed that one would figure if they wanted to make a sequel they would have already done it. Lee has never directed a sequel to one of his films, and I don't think that this would be the first. The film did receive plenty of acclaim especially for Ray Allen who left the court to play the leading role of Jesus Shuttlesworth. Roger Ebert even said that it was rare to see an athlete that could actually act. He's right, though.

The movie starred Denzel Washington as the father of Allen who had to convince his son to play for the governor's alma mater to reduce his own prison sentence.

Some time last year when Lee went to watch the Miami Heat, the team Allen currently plays point guard for, there was chatter from the director about making a second installment. Lee did remake a film, so maybe the chance is more likely than I originally imagined.

Recently ESPN spoke with Allen who said this about the potential of getting a sequel going:

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.

His teammates who still call him "Jesus" always mention catching his debut on the big screen:

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. 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.

Allen is committed to getting the second installment off the ground, and he's got a long road ahead of him with a couple of cast members to persuade:

We've got to get Denzel and we've got to get Rosario. Obviously, it's been 15 or 20 years, so there's so many new story lines to talk about.

Source: ESPN

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12:45PM on 01/13/2014
Spike Lee is hit-or-miss...and he's been missing lately. (His best film is 'Malcolm X' in my opinion). I don't know where he will take a part 2, since I felt the first film ended on a satisfying note. Whatever he does, he would need a solid script and tight editing since his films tend to pad out.
Spike Lee is hit-or-miss...and he's been missing lately. (His best film is 'Malcolm X' in my opinion). I don't know where he will take a part 2, since I felt the first film ended on a satisfying note. Whatever he does, he would need a solid script and tight editing since his films tend to pad out.
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5:07PM on 01/12/2014
I didnt see it...but wasn't Red Hook Summer a somewhat sequel to DTRT?
I didnt see it...but wasn't Red Hook Summer a somewhat sequel to DTRT?
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8:59AM on 01/12/2014

Spike Lee is toxic

Through his own doing, Spike has lost whatever stroke he had in the filmmaking community and movie-going public. He needs to stick with small films and documentaries because he's very unlikely to have another commercial success.
Through his own doing, Spike has lost whatever stroke he had in the filmmaking community and movie-going public. He needs to stick with small films and documentaries because he's very unlikely to have another commercial success.
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12:10PM on 01/11/2014
As a baskteball fanatic, He Got Game is one of my favorite films but I honestly can't see the story doing any justice to the first movie. With superstar athletes, the most important story to tell is how they got there, now their success.
As a baskteball fanatic, He Got Game is one of my favorite films but I honestly can't see the story doing any justice to the first movie. With superstar athletes, the most important story to tell is how they got there, now their success.
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12:06PM on 01/11/2014
Love HGG. I can think of PLENTY of storylines, but I think it shouldn't focus on Denzel really. I think it should be more about the downfall/decline of the best. Kind of like where Kobe is at or will be in another 1-2 years. Have it where he's still clearly talented and can play, but a shell of himself, always dealing with injuries, but loves the game. Everybody knows he was the best ever, so now young kids coming in the league with great promise who love him give him their best every
Love HGG. I can think of PLENTY of storylines, but I think it shouldn't focus on Denzel really. I think it should be more about the downfall/decline of the best. Kind of like where Kobe is at or will be in another 1-2 years. Have it where he's still clearly talented and can play, but a shell of himself, always dealing with injuries, but loves the game. Everybody knows he was the best ever, so now young kids coming in the league with great promise who love him give him their best every night bc he's their idol and they wanna say they beat they best. Just kinda that entire storyline of when do you call it quits on your passion? Would Jesus be ok with coming off the bench for a team? Those questions.
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9:12AM on 01/11/2014
I actually love He Got Game. It's one of my favorite films of all time and consider Denzel's acting in it to amongst his finest. No interest in a sequel though. Leave it alone, Spike.
I actually love He Got Game. It's one of my favorite films of all time and consider Denzel's acting in it to amongst his finest. No interest in a sequel though. Leave it alone, Spike.
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5:23AM on 01/11/2014
The better question would be is Spike Lee relevant anymore.
The better question would be is Spike Lee relevant anymore.
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8:45AM on 01/12/2014
Exactly!
Exactly!
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3:43AM on 01/11/2014

Never seen the movie...

but I've seen Ray Allen play basketball many times. He isn't a point guard, he's a shooting guard. Just sayin.
but I've seen Ray Allen play basketball many times. He isn't a point guard, he's a shooting guard. Just sayin.
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12:32PM on 01/11/2014
or small forward depending on the line up. I hate when they get shit like that wrong.
or small forward depending on the line up. I hate when they get shit like that wrong.
11:05PM on 01/10/2014

One of my favorite Denzel roles

Just give me HGG on blu ray and I'll be fine.
Just give me HGG on blu ray and I'll be fine.
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11:49PM on 01/10/2014
Been waiting a long time for this film to come out on blu ray.
Been waiting a long time for this film to come out on blu ray.
10:30PM on 01/10/2014
Love He Got Game and it's actually one of my more favorite Denzel films, but I don't know where else they could take the sequel.....and they would probably throw in a bullshit Lebron James cameo. So unless they have a good story, don't even bother.
Love He Got Game and it's actually one of my more favorite Denzel films, but I don't know where else they could take the sequel.....and they would probably throw in a bullshit Lebron James cameo. So unless they have a good story, don't even bother.
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