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Black-ish creator to take White Men Can't Jump remake to the B-ball court

01.17.2017

I don’t know about you, but I can’t play basketball worth a damn. I used to love playing H-O-R-S-E on the school courts, or firing up my Nintendo Entertainment System for a few rounds of Double Dribble. However, that’s about where my career ended in regard to shooting hoops.

Today, it’s been announced that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is developing a remake of the 1992 sports comedy which starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as an unlikely pair of street B-bal hustlers. Barris, who is also in line to produce the film, will team with pro-athlete-turned-producers Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the California Panthers to develop the film for 20th Century Fox. It’s also to note that both Griffin and Kalil will be aided by Noah Weinstein, while working under their Mortal Media label.

I’ll be honest, I’m not certain that the world needs a rebooted version of WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP, but who am I to judge? With remakes being announced at what feels like a break-neck pace, these days, why not add this all-but-forgotten gem to the mix? Also, who’s to say that this new version of Ron Shelton’s original inner-city sports drama doesn’t have something to offer? From what I’ve gathered, Black-ish has been a major success - having earned a slew of Emmys, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for its comedic efforts among other things. It would be cool if this movie came along and had something positive to say about diversity, and the potential of great things coming to pass when people work together - even if it’s for a con job.

Currently, Kenya Barris is in the process of developing a more comedic SHAFT remake for New Line Cinema. The details of this project are scarce at the moment, but you can bet that we’ll be reporting on it once there’s something concrete in the mix.

Extra Tidbit: A comedic take on Shaft, huh? That could be pretty cool, I suppose, especially if they went in a BLACK DYNAMITE direction.

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1:05PM on 01/18/2017
I'm willing to give Kenya Barris the benefit of the doubt. I think he's one hell of a writer, and could do it justice. That said, the original holds up so well I am ONLY giving this the benefit of the doubt because of Barris.
I'm willing to give Kenya Barris the benefit of the doubt. I think he's one hell of a writer, and could do it justice. That said, the original holds up so well I am ONLY giving this the benefit of the doubt because of Barris.
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12:05AM on 01/18/2017
Why??
Why??
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9:54PM on 01/17/2017
I would like to see a comedic gender bending remake of this set in an Amish village with the title Black Women Can't Churn.
I would like to see a comedic gender bending remake of this set in an Amish village with the title Black Women Can't Churn.
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9:19PM on 01/17/2017
California Panthers huh?
California Panthers huh?
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6:58PM on 01/17/2017

But...

You can't remake woody and Wesley.
You can't remake woody and Wesley.
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6:45PM on 01/17/2017
Is there nothing sacred that Hollywood won't take a steaming shit on in an effort to scratch out one more dollar?
Is there nothing sacred that Hollywood won't take a steaming shit on in an effort to scratch out one more dollar?
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6:20PM on 01/17/2017
some movies simply do not need a remake mark my words this new one wont be able to touch the original and no one will care.save your money hollywood
some movies simply do not need a remake mark my words this new one wont be able to touch the original and no one will care.save your money hollywood
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4:37PM on 01/17/2017
To be honest, I'd kinda like to see this made into a TV show instead of a movie - seems that a lot of 80s-90s movies are going that route (some with more degree of success than others). I think this would be a good fit for a series.
To be honest, I'd kinda like to see this made into a TV show instead of a movie - seems that a lot of 80s-90s movies are going that route (some with more degree of success than others). I think this would be a good fit for a series.
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