Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has some of the best name recognition in the world after bursting onto the scene with the New York Knicks and then signing a nice deal in free agency and one young screenwriter took advantage of that recognition, scoring a movie deal due to the connection.
According to Deadspin.com, a young screenwriter named Jeremy Lin from Hong Kong ended up with a movie deal with his script for a film titled "Senior Project" after sending to a local Los Angeles film investor, who mistook his name for the basketball players'. While Lin later described that they were not in fact the same person, it did not matter, as the producers felt the script, which was described as a "Superbad" mixed with "The Breakfast Club", deserved some looking into.
Lin spoke to TwitchFilm.com about the script and the project and the movie also has a Kickstarter to raise money to get it made. Lin described the attention he receives sometimes for his name, including a high amount of requests on Facebook and about how he now turned it into a movie deal. The real Lin was mentioned in some trade talk this offseason, but general manager Daryl Morey said that the core of the team will stay after the addition of center Dwight Howard.
The Rockets have championship expectations after adding Howard to a roster that includes Lin, Chandler Parsons, James Harden and Omer Asik. Lin likely will continue to be the starting point guard next season after signing a three-year deal last year. Lin was seen as overrated by many when he signed the deal with the Rockets and while he did not put up stellar numbers, he showed great improvement as the season went on and should be even better in year two with Dwight Howard.