Sunday, 5 March 2017

White Men Can't Jump remake in the works

Another much loved movie is heading for the Hollywood remake mill. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that the Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes starring sports comedy White Men Can't Jump (1992) is in the crosshairs.

Kenya Barris, who created much praised sitcom Blackish for US network ABC, is developing the new take on the film under his deal with 20th Century Fox.

The original, directed by prolific sports filmmaker Ron Shelton, saw Harrelson and Snipes as street basketball hustlers who try to take each other on at first, then form a squabbling partnership and go for a bigger score.

Since it is just at an early stage for this one, there are no actors or a director attached as yet, but it does have input from two producers who know a little something about sport – Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and NFL veteran Ryan Kalil, who will be involved behind the scenes.

And it is not the only remake Barris is working on – he has also been part of the team writing a new Shaft script, though that one is still in development limbo.

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