WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP
Like a handful of other professional athletes LA Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kahlil are dipping their toes into the film and TV business as producers, launching a production company called Mortal Media. Last year, it was announced that they are developing a remake of “The Rocketeer" with a black female lead (read about that here if you missed it). Today, we've learned that they are teaming up with "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris to develop a remake of "White Men Can't Jump," the 1992 drama-comedy written and directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as streetball hustlers. The film was released in the United States on March 27, 1992, by 20th Century Fox.
Barris is writing the script for the remake, and will also produce under the overall film deal he signed with Fox in last fall via his new production company, Khalabo Ink Society. Griffin and Kalil are co-producing via their producing company, along with partner Noah Weinstein.
Barris currently has an overall deal with ABC Studios, where he continues to executive produce “Black-ish.”
The original "White Men Can't Jump" which also co-starred Rosie Perez and Tyra Ferrell, was both a critical and commercial hit, grossing over $90 million worldwide. No word on how Barris, Griffin and Kahlil plan to remake the film in terms of story, casting, etc.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of the remake.