You know how Saturday Night Live will turn a mediocre six-minute sketch into a two-hour movie that’s horrendous that no one really wanted (MacGruber not included, make more of those)? Great news for aficionados of things like this: Kyrie Irving’s “Uncle Drew” commercial is in the process of become a full-length feature film.
Sources tell Variety that Temple Hill Entertainment has acquired the feature film rights to Irving’s “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials. “Skiptrace” scribe Jay Longino is set to write the script and Irving is attached to reprise the role of Drew.
Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, and John Fischer will produce the film, described as a love letter to basketball. The original Pepsi Max advertisements showed Irving, in full make-up, playing a 70-plus-year-old man, Drew, who would show up to pick-up basketball games and school kids half his age, while also reminiscing about how the game used to be played.
If you’re wondering what Skiptrace is, you’re not alone. It’s pretty great.
Skiptrace is a 2016 movie that seems to be real and starred Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville. The film has a 33 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes but made $60 million in China and I don’t think this was ever shown in an American theater. That’s a shame because Rashid Irani of the Hindustan Times called it, “Pretty tired stuff.”
Where was I? Oh, right. Uncle Drew. So yeah, who knows what the plot is going to be. Maybe Irving will play himself and a couple other characters too. Maybe there will be a hot sex scene where Uncle Drew makes tender love to Mrs. Uncle Drew or Eva Mendes.
The possibilities are endless, much like my newfound love for Chan/Knoxville buddy action flicks.