Outside of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, one of the most iconic Chicago Bulls players of all time is undoubtedly Dennis Rodman. Known for his crazy hair, off-the-wall antics, and relentless ability to haul in rebounds, Rodman is one of the NBA’s greats.
When ESPN aired The Last Dance, a documentary series chronicling the story of Bulls’ final championship of the 1990s and the buildup to it, fans got a taste of what Rodman’s eccentricities entailed beyond his on-court play. Now, we’ll get to know the full story of perhaps the most “Dennis” occurrence that was aired out in The Last Dance.
Lionsgate is set to release 48 Hours in Vegas, a feature film that will dive into Rodman’s vacation to Las Vegas during the 1998 playoffs. The movie will be produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Rodman also serving as an executive producer. Lord and Miller have worked on other acclaimed films such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie.
Rodman is usually in the news for doing something crazy. The last time his name was circulating in the news was when the “Rodman” episode of The Last Dance aired. The whole episode was dedicated to him and (part of) his story. Only part of that episode mentions his infamous Vegas trip, however. The story focused more on Rodman occupying a bigger role for the Bulls while Scottie Pippen was out.
Once Pippen came back, Rodman said he was burnt out and needed a “vacation” in the middle of the Bulls 1997-98 championship run. Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan gave the okay on a 48-hour break to Sin City. But beyond the mention of Rodman hanging out with Carmen Electra, details about his bender were fairly scarce in The Last Dance. Expect that to change with 48 Hours in Vegas.
Regarding the feature film, Lionsgate president Nathan Kahan said, “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. 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.”
Needless to say, the film should be a wild ride that will only further add to the legend of Dennis Rodman. There is no official release date for 48 Hours in Vegas yet, but movieweb.com pegs it for some time in 2023. Let the anticipation begin.