A 'White Men Can't Jump' Remake Is In the Works
White Men Can’t Jump is getting remade, with the creator of Black-ish spearheading the project.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kenya Barris will be partnering up with Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers athlete Ryan Kalil, to remake the popular ’90s sports comedy.
Barris will not only write the script for the project, but also serve as a producer alongside Griffin and Kalil. The news is somewhat timely, considering White Men Can’t Jump will be celebrating its 25 year anniversary on March 27. The film featured Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson playing Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle respectively, as two street basketball hustlers who ultimately band together to win bigger games with bigger payouts.
The title comes from Snipes’ character making fun of Harrelson for his inability to do dunk shots (although he makes up for it when it matters most).
No other information is known about the movie (who will take on the roles that once belonged to Snipes and Harrelson, as well as other characters a part of the film; when it will be released) but hopefully more news surrounding the project will drop some time in the near future.
Nevertheless Black-ish is surely keeping Barris busy. A recent episode from the popular ABC series tackled Donald Trump‘s forthcoming presidency, from white coworkers voting for The Apprentice star, to Andre “Dre” Johnson (portrayed by Anthony Anderson) offering a powerful monologue on black resilience.
“I love this country, even though at times it doesn’t love me back. For my whole life, my parents, my grandparents, me, for most black people, this system has never worked for us,” Dre states. “But we still played ball. Tried to do my best to live by the rules, even though we knew they would never work out in our favor…I love this country as much if not more than you do and don’t you ever forget that.”