‘Black-ish’ Creator Wants To Reboot ‘White Men Can’t Jump’

By January 18, 2017
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Sorry, but it looks like the 1990s aren’t going to be safe for quite a while.

Especially now that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has his eyes on an early 1992 film that might be remembered more for its title than its plot: White Men Can’t Jump.

Barris has teamed up with professional sports stars Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to do an updated version of the film that featured Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as street basketball hustlers who find a new (and dangerous) way to make it big.

The film also features Rosie Perez as a woman who’s primary dream is to appear on Jeopardy.

Griffin – a power forward for the NBA’s Los Angles Clippers – and Kalil – a center with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers – are moonlighting as Hollywood producers wanting to resurrect White Men some 25 years after it earned $90.8 million in global box office.

Of course, this isn’t the only thing the athletes are working on. They also have joined forces with Walt Disney Co. to reboot the 1991 film The Rocketeer, which earned just $46.6 million when it was originally released.

Barris, who has earned an Emmy nomination through Black-ish – his ABC comedy that stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross – will write the new White Men script for Twentieth Century Fox.

The writer got his start in the late 1990s on the short-lived The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, and later the Showtime series Soul Food as well as The Game, which appeared on both The CW and BET.

Barris wrote Barbershop: The Next Cut starring Ice Cube and Regina Hall, which earned $54.4 million last year. He also has Girls Trip with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Hall set to hit theaters in July.

Fox has no timetable on when a White Men Can’t Jump reboot will go into production, but it could happen as early as next year.

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  • John Ikarus

    Why remake it?
    The original stands the test of time.
    ” we going sizzler we going sizzler”