Spike Lee Rumors
TMZ Sports spoke with Tuff Juice about Marky Mark wanting to tackle Butler’s story of a drug dealing childhood to becoming an NBA All-Star in his directorial debut … and he says it’s a dream come true. Butler says Wahlberg is his top choice to direct the flick … even with HUGE names like Peter Berg and Spike Lee being interested in joining the project.
He’s already producing and acting in the movie — but now Mark Wahlberg is making a play to DIRECT his upcoming movie about the life of NBA star Caron Butler. We broke the story … Wahlberg has been targeting huge names like Spike Lee, Peter Berg and Barry Jenkins to direct the flick about Butler’s journey from dealing drugs to becoming an NBA all-star.
“I mean, how can you say somebody is an alcoholic? You just can’t, in my opinion,” Spike Lee, speaking to a small group of reporters, said Sunday at Madison Square Garden while wearing an Oakley jersey. “And even if the person was, why would you say that? I don’t know why you would say that. All I can do is wear my jersey.”
Lee, a lifelong Knicks fans, believes that the Knicks’ treatment of Oakley — coupled with Phil Jackson’s direct and indirect criticisms of star Carmelo Anthony — will hurt their recruitment of free agents. “Who’s gonna come here?” Lee said. Earlier in the week, when asked to pick a side in the Jackson-Anthony feud, Lee told ESPN-Tencent that he’d help Jackson pack his bags.
Spike Lee was in the Garden hallway where Charles Oakley was arrested last week, and said there were tears in his eyes watching his friend get taken to jail. Four days later, Lee showed up in a #34 Oakley jersey, courtesy of a skilled stitch artist. “I went home (after Oakley was ejected), I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey,” Lee said. “But I had three Landry Fields jerseys. So I took it to my guy, and he hooked it up. So officially, this is a Landry Fields jersey.”