Will Fetters, the screenwriter of Netflix's Hustle—a basketball movie set in Philadelphia starring Adam Sandler—joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday to discuss the new film.
"It was sold year's ago, LeBron's company had sold this movie," Fetters, a North Wilmington native told Cataldi. "It was set in China. It was kind of a whole other thing and then right after Adam finished Uncut Gems, he just kind of loved the NBA. He loved the idea of playing an NBA scout, but that version of the movie was just practically not going to work. It wasn't something he was super interested in doing. So, he and I met and he and I basically started from page one.
"One of my first pitches to him—it was set in LA, and I wanted to move it to Philly. I just felt like Philly was the right place for it and man they sure paid that off for me."
There were plenty of cameos in the film, including many current Sixers players and coaches including Doc Rivers, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and Matisse Thybulle...but no Joel Embiid.
"We had originally approached him," Fetters said of Embiid. "The production was split, there were two production periods...Joel was actually originally was supposed to have a more significant role in the movie and some injury he was rehabbing and he called Adam and was unable to do it. It would've been nice to have him, but everybody that was involved—Tobias was great and Maxey had a line in there, so it worked out."
Hustle has received early rave reviews, receiving a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 97% on Google, and a 7.4/10 on IMDB.