A Chinese media distribution company has purchased the rights to "Linsanity," a documentary about Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin, and is scheduling its release just in time for the Chinese New Year Friday.
Jeremy Lin is an Asian American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). While he has had to overcome many hurdles to realize his dream, Lin remains a humble and successful player in the league. Evan Leong saw the potential that Lin had while playing at Harvard, and though no one knew that he would end up playing in the NBA, Leong began filming a documentary about Lin's life.
Although Lin averaged 16 points per game in the Ivy League, he was not drafted in the NBA upon his college graduation. He was, however, given the opportunity to play on a summer league team, and eventually ended up signing with the Golden State Warriors.
Lin was given the chance to start for the New York Knicks in 2011, and rose to NBA stardom when he averaged 18 points and 7 assists that season. The term "Linsanity" was soon coined in tribute to his astounding debut in the NBA. Being in the spotlight gave Lin the chance to exalt His Savior, Jesus Christ. The NBA point guard has faithfully used his platform to make much of Christ, and has shared his testimony all over the world.
"Linsanity" was released in American theatres in October of 2013, and is now available on DVD. The film is expected to be successful in Asia, where Lin has a very large fan base.
Variety reports that Metan Development has pre-released "Linsanity" online to an exclusive audience in China, and that the documentary had over four million viewers in a span of two weeks. "For us to be debuting the film in time for Chinese New Year in a country where hundreds of millions of basketball fans love him, it's all very exciting," producer Brian Yang says.