Last year it was announced that LeBron James would be starring in a sequel to the 1996 Looney Tunes basketball comedy Space Jam with Justin Lin in the director’s chair. While it is unclear just how far along that project might be, this week we can report that another NBA star is in the process of remaking a different ’90s basketball comedy. Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin recently set up a production company with pro football player Ryan Kalil of the Carolina Panthers called Mortal Media and they already have a couple of projects in development including a Rocketeer sequel and an untitled comedy series set up at NBC. Now this week we have learned that the duo are also producing a remake of Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil are developing a remake of the 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump for 20th Century Fox. Black-ish series creator Kenya Barris is on board to write the script and also act as producer. Barris has a film development deal with Fox, although he is also currently working on a Shaft reboot for New Line.
The original film starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as two hustlers who try to scam each other playing street basketball before eventually deciding to team up. Rosie Perez played Harrelson’s longtime girlfriend in the film, who dreams of one day competing on Jeopardy!. There has been talk of a sequel over the years, although it seems unlikely that this project would bring back Harrelson and Snipes for anything other than cameos. Do you have any interest in a remake of White Men Can’t Jump?