After snooping around, I found out about a film being made, which is tentatively titled Wilt.
Upon further snooping, I realized the executive producer, writer and director, Ian Ng Cheng Hin, had acquired the rights to Wilt Chamberlain’s story and started Hundred Point Films.
Looking at the site, I can tell this clown is going to get it all wrong. How can a guy who has only made a handful of small budget films possibly accomplish the scope of this project properly?
I support independent films and love their rawness, but this is Wilt Chamberlain we’re talking about here.
The man who scored 100 points in a game. The man who revolutionized the center position with Bill Russell and forced the NBA to adhere to his style.
I’m talking about a 7' black man that supported Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War and claimed to have slept with 20,000 women.
He had an ego about his athletic ability, but was regarded as great to be around off the court.
Correctly done and with the right amount of attention to detail paid, his life could make for one of the best sports movies of all time.
And we’re supposed to believe Mr. Hin will get it done?
Well, here’s hoping. His site lists Reo Logan as the person in the title role. Exactly.
My Choice for Lead Actor
My original thought was Will Smith. Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia and died in Bel Air.
“In west Philadelphia, born and raised…” You feel me?
But Smith has already played Muhammad Ali, so it’d be hard to plug him into a brand new iconic role.
I’m going out on a limb with Victor Williams. He’s not the most household name, but you may know him as Deacon from King of Queens.
He could actually pull off the size of someone as large as Chamberlain and is an actor first.
I just think it’d be nice to have an actor playing an athlete. I like Ray Allen in a basketball jersey, but his performance in He Got Game made me cringe.
Josh Greller has been an editorial intern for Bleacher Report since September. He is a Bay Area resident and has written for various sports sites and startup companies.