Ron Shelton’s 1992 sports comedy White Men Can’t Jump is set to become the latest once-sacred Hollywood cinematic property to get the remake treatment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the creator of US sitcom series Black-ish, Kenya Barris, is working on a reboot of the popular Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes two-hander.
Barris has enlisted the help of athletes-turned-movie-producers Ryan Kalil and Blake Griffin for the new version of the 90s classic with Noah Weinstein also on board.
Written and directed by Shelton, the original movie told the story of two street basketball hustlers (Harrelson and Snipes) who must join forces to claim their biggest score yet.
A witty, street-wise comedy that served not only as a crime caper of sorts but also a study of attitudes towards race in America at the time, White Men Can’t Jump remains as fresh and relevant today as it did all those years ago.
All of which makes the decision to produce an updated version all the more perplexing.
Under the plans, Barris is set to pen the script as part of a development deal in place with 20th Century Fox.
If there is one bright spot, it’s that Barris’ work to date has garnered plenty in the way of acclaim with Black-ish – a series that touches on issues around race – recently earning both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
One of the movie’s stars, Snipes, appears to be taking the whole thing in his stride though, taking to Twitter to share his reaction to the latest development.
The Blade actor tweeted:
Good question, but the real question is who’d win the free throw challenge Sidney & Billy or Kenya &Blake? now that’s the question!hahahaha https://t.co/ss0rpRKWgn
— Wesley Snipes (@wesleysnipes) January 18, 2017
However, the development does add to the increasing trend towards remakes and reboots in mainstream Hollywood cinema and television at present.
Den of Geek revealed, back in November 2016 that as many as 112 movie and TV remakes and reboots are in the works.
And with the first glimpses of the incoming Snatch and Training Day TV series providing little in the way of encouragement for fans, it appears we could be set for a disappointing year of rehashes on the big and small screen.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.