White Men Can’t Jump is getting back into the game.
Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s acclaimed comedy Black-ish, is teaming with Blake Griffin of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Ryan Kalil of the NFL's Carolina Panthers to develop a remake of the 1992 sports comedy for 20th Century Fox.
Barris will write the script for the project, which falls under his overall film deal with Fox that he signed in September. Barris also will act as a producer.
Griffin and Kalil are producing via their Mortal Media banner, along with their partner Noah Weinstein.
It strikes me as being pretty unnecessary, and trying to capture lightning in a bottle. I'm a fan of the original: it was funny, came along at the right time, and it's one of the best basketball movies out there. However, it's been done; there's nothing else to really do with that story. I guess like most remakes, it creates a version that is more accessible to a new generation with updated cultural references and actors they're more familiar with, but some ideas should just be left alone, especially if they're a product of their era that feel awkward and out of place, even when they're updated with more modern themes and references.