Calmatic To Direct ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Remake At 20th Century

White Men Can’t Jump is the latest project to get the reboot treatment, and 20th Century Studios have tapped Calmatic, who is already in line to helm the House Party reboot, to direct. Kenya Barris and Doug Hall have written the script, and Barris will also produce.

The original film, released in 1992, was a sports comedy that helped make Wesley Snipes an even bigger star after New Jack City and Jungle Fever, and launched Woody Harrelson‘s movie career as Cheers was winding down.

The story follows two street basketball hustlers who at first try to hustle each other, before teaming up for a bigger score. The remake is expected to follow the same idea as the original, but with a few tweaks here and there.

Calmatic has become a rising star in the music video world, working with artists including Pharrell, Zayn and Khalid over the past decade. But it was his work on Lil Nas X‘s mega hit ‘Old Town Road’ that put him on the radar of studio execs and production companies in Hollywood.

They included LeBron James and Maverick Carter‘s SpringHill Entertainment, who would eventually hire him to direct their remake of House Party, another 90s comedy cult hit. That film will star Jacob Latimore and Tosin Cole and is being written by Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori.

House Party hasn’t begun production yet, so it may be a while before Calmatic‘s White Men Can’t Jump remake hits screens. But this looks like the first step towards him graduating from music videos to directing a host of Hollywood movies.


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