A Jeremy Lin movie is almost inevitable, according to superstar director and giant New York Knicks fan Spike Lee.
Lee, who has succumbed to Linsanity like the rest of us, commented at Madison Square Garden Sunday on whether or not he's making a movie about the young star's life:
Could anyone have written a Hollywood script like this? No, Spike, who was wearing a maroon throwback Harvard jersey bearing Lin's last name, told an ESPN broadcast reporter.
He added that he's sure someone is working on just such a script right now, though that someone is not him.
Lee made the comments while at the Garden on Sunday (along with a host of other stars including actress Eva Longoria, actor Kevin Costner and Saturday Night LIve's Seth Meyers) to witness what turned out to be yet another night of beautiful basketball from Jeremy Lin.
Lin put up 28 points, 14 assists and 5 steals in the game, which had Madison Square Garden rocking louder than a metal concert as the whole city got in on the Linsanity.
And Lin's rise from nobody to superstar has all happened during the lead-up to the 2012 Oscars, which may have something to do with why the movie rumors are flying so frequently.
On Feb. 15, ESPN got in on the fun when it Tweeted a message that got people's hopes up about a Jeremy Lin film: If an @ESPN_Films movie is ever made about Jeremy Lin , it should be called ________.
David Carr, a media writer at the New York Times, wrote a piece over the weekend in which he addressed a number of Lin-related issues, speaking with reporters and other experts about Linsanity.
His piece quoted Jason Gay, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, who Carr described as saying the movie is the stuff of screenplays, lending more credibility to those who predict a Jeremy Lin movie is on the way:
I think once you get past all of these interesting variables of race, it is the quintessential underdog story, Gay told Carr.
Casting John Cho (of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle fame) as Lin and bearing an image of a couch representing the one he slept on until two weeks ago, and another of him flying through the air in a Knicks jersey, it really does make you realize how great a Jeremy Lin movie could be.
The faux title and tagline: A Linderella Story and The Greatest Story Ever Told. Looking at the image, it's not that hard to imagine that we'll be seeing such a poster in our local multiplex sometime soon.
Lin, a 6 foot, 3, 200-pound point guard, has taken the sport by storm, overshadowing his All-Star teammates Carmelo Anthony and Amare' Stoudemire by leading the team to its best stretch all year without their help.
Lin, who hails from Palo Alto, Calif., was a star in college, when he led Harvard University to its all-time best basketball season in 2009 before graduating and going undrafted in 2010. He proved himself in the NBA summer league, dominating John Wall in one particularly impressive game, and was then signed by the Golden State Warriors.
And in the past couple of weeks he's become a superstar. Just wait for the Jeremy Lin movie. It's surely on its way.