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'White Men Can't Jump' Is Getting A Remake

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Yep, the 1992 basketball comedy White Men Can’t Jump, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, is now in line for a big screen do-over. It’s in the hands of Kenya Barris, the creator of Black-ish, and 20th Century Fox is backing the project, as it did the original.

Ron Shelton, who was also behind classy sporting movies such as Bull Durham, Tin Cup and Cobb, wrote and directed the original film. He isn’t believed to be involved in the new version.
Instead, Kenya Barris will both produce the project and pen the new screenplay. It’s unclear yet who will direct the new movie, who will star in it, and when to expect it. He will write the script and produce the film alongside the athletes-turned-producers Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil.

The original starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as con artists who fool basketball players about Harrelson’s character’s lack of ability. It was a sleeper hit, grossing $90m worldwide, and was a surprise favorite film of the acclaimed film-maker Stanley Kubrick.

Since Black-ish became a breakout hit for Barris, scooping up Emmy nominations and a recent Golden Globes win for its star Tracee Ellis Ross, he has also written the forthcoming comedy Girl Trip, starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall, and is set to bring Shaft to the screen once again.

Griffin plays basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers – though he is currently sidelined with a knee injury – while Kalil is an NFL player for the Carolina Panthers. The pair now own a production banner called Mortal Media. They are also working on a remake of the action adventure The Rocketeer, centered around a black female protagonist.


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