[Deadline] - After aggressively pursuing rights, Lionsgate has come on to the spec 48 Hours In Vegas, which is inspired by the crazy story of how NBA star Dennis Rodman went on a madcap adventure with his skittish assistant GM in the middle of the 1998 NBA Finals. The film will detail a budding friendship that neither one of them ever thought was possible but will end up solving both of their problems.
“There’s only one Dennis Rodman. In 1998, there was nobody on Earth who’d be more fun – or maybe more dangerous – to party with. And yet that’s not even half of who he is,” said Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. “This movie takes you on an unforgettable ride with the myth, the legend, and also the man that Dennis is, behind everything you think you know. We could not be more thrilled to be working with Phil, Chris, Aditya, Ari, Will, and Jordan, and above all, Dennis, whose amazing career and life will make for an off-the-wall hilarious yet completely human and emotional movie. You think you know anything about ’The Worm’? Just you wait!”
Oh fuck yeah. Rodman has reached the point where any story is believable. You can tell me he partied like this and then went and got 20 rebounds and I'd just nod along. That's the Worm. So this movie all stems from the clip from The Last Dance where they talk about Rodman just straight up taking a vacation to Vegas during the season.
It's honestly perfect. It's nearly the real life version of 'The Hangover' and we all know that movie is one of the best comedies of the 2000s. That's why they need to nail the casting here. Honestly, they should just cast Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra as themselves. Only he knows exactly what happened and I know that Rodman is an EP. Just let him play himself. Who else could play Dennis Rodman? You can't name one person. And prime Carmen Electra? Good luck.
You can't talk about Bulls Rodman without having Carmen Electra. I know the movie is about Rodman and his assistant GM, but you need a bunch of Electra in there too.
Rodman really is one of the most interesting athletes and people of all time. From growing 13 inches and turning into a basketball star. From going from being a janitor to college hoops player. His jump from non-Division I to the Pistons. His transformation from the Pistons Rodman to the Worm. His dating history. His WCW experience. His relationship with North Korea. Everything about him is interesting. It's shocking we haven't had some sort of movie about him yet and I'm fucking pumped we're going with this story. It sums up how most people in our early-mid 30s really remember him. I just hope they work this story in somehow.
I still love that people actually thought Rodman would come back from Vegas after 48 hours. We're talking about Rodman in the late 90s and Vegas. Honestly we could do a 10-part documentary on Rodman alone. The line 'there's only one Dennis Rodman' has never been more true. So sign me the fuck up for this movie, especially if it's a mix of The Hangover and Get Him to the Greek.