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Is Spike Lee Laying Up Plans For A 'He Got Game' Sequel?

The Playlist By Kristen Lopez | The Playlist January 10, 2014 at 3:00PM

Any project with Spike Lee’s name attached must be taken with a grain of salt. The man is up there with Quentin Tarantino on the number of unmade films he’s come up with—several of which we detailed in our Lost, Unmade, and Possible Future Projects of Spike Lee article. Here’s another we might add to a possible sequel list a few years down the line.
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Any project with Spike Lee’s name attached must be taken with a grain of salt. The man is up there with Quentin Tarantino on the number of unmade films he’s come up with—several of which we detailed in our Lost, Unmade, and Possible Future Projects of Spike Lee article. Here’s another we might add to a possible sequel list a few years down the line.

Miami Heat guard Ray Allen recently teased to ESPN that he's been discussing with Lee a sequel to the 1998 film, “He Got Game.” The original starred Denzel Washington and Rosario Dawson alongside Allen, telling the story of a convict father trying to convince his son to enroll in college. The film went on to have a strong following in home video as well as nabbing Allen an MTV Movie Award—back when those were relevant—for Best Breakthrough Male Performance. It's a somewhat overlooked movie in Lee's catalog, and well worth checking out (see our retrospective on Spike Lee right here).

When asked about the sequel, Allen announced, “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.” Sounds like a lot of uncertainty with that quote; more of two guys chatting about a movie as opposed to producing any plans to make it. Either way, the stars could align to get this sequel made, but looking at Lee’s prior troubles securing financing and his general love for starting projects and moving on, this could be a long shot. [Hitfix]

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