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The 1992 sports comedy WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP is set to get a 21st-century makeover courtesy of Kenya Barris. The Black-ish creator is teaming with Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers to develop a remake of the 20th Century Fox classic.
Barris has signed on to write and produce the remake which originally starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two street basketball hustlers who at first try to hustle each other, but end up teaming up for a bigger hustle. Rosie Perez also starred as Harrelson’s girlfriend who has dreams of being a contestant on Jeopardy!.
Griffin and Kalil are have signed on to produce under their production banner, Mortal Media, alongside their partner Noah Weinstein.
Black-ish recently won Tracee Ellis Ross a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The sitcom also earned a Globe nomination for Best Comedy as well as numerous Emmys. Barris co-wrote the upcoming comedy Girls Trip starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Regina Hall. He is also developing a remake of the iconic series Shaft.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer