He Got Game is close to 16 years old and its star, Ray Allen, is now an aging NBA star, but a sequel could soon be in the works for the fan-favorite basketball flick.
Allen, who played top high school recruit Jesus Shuttlesworth in the movie, is set to revive the character next week when the Miami Heat don “Name Collection” jerseys. Allen will wear one that reads “J. Shuttlesworth” on the back.
“Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. “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.”
Ray Allen, whose teammates still call him “Jesus,” said a He Got Game 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.”
It’s unclear who might be involved in a He Got Game sequel or where the story might take place. In the original movie, Jesus was a top recruit being sought by a handful of top colleges. The governor of New York granted a prison release for his father, played by Denzel Washington, to persuade Jesus to attend his alma mater.
Ray Allen said that a He Got Game sequel would need to have Denzel on board, as well as Rosario Dawson, who played Allen’s girlfriend in the movie.