ESPN - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will star in a movie that will turn his Pepsi commercial character, Uncle Drew, into a full-length feature film, a company official confirmed Thursday.
"Pepsi and Kyrie Irving are looking forward to expanding the Uncle Drew universe," Lou Arbetter, who is general manager of Creators League Studio, Pepsi's new in-house production company, said in a statement.
News of the film being in the works was first reported last week by Variety, which quoted writer Jay Longino saying that the goal is to work a bevy of NBA stars into the movie.
So there have already been multiple articles written about this today saying we really don't need a movie like this and it's a dumb idea, and I couldn't possibly be more on the other side of the fence on this one.
In a world where there is so much negativity at times, what's wrong with Pepsi wanting to fund a movie where the best NBA superstars dress up like Johnny Knoxville in Bad Grandpa and just school a bunch of wannabe pick-up Sidney Deane's in calm fashion? Oh you're such a tough guy that this movie seems dumb to you? When did innocent humor go out of style?
Do you remember when the first Uncle Drew came out?
It was one of the greatest things ever.
So if you don't want to go see this, that's totally fine. A full length movie might get weird. But by all that is right PLEASE stop saying it's unnecessary or stupid to you because literally no one cares. It's a harmless movie, and Kyrie Irving is awesome. Good day, sir.