Sports movies have the ability to make the viewer experience a vast range of emotions. They can make us laugh, shocked, brought to tears, and even feel like the characters are invincible.
There are even some movies that transcend time, and have become such classics that should NEVER be replicated.
One of these movies, is White Men Can’t Jump.
White Men Can’t Jump is a classic basketball comedy about two ballplaying hustlers, Sidney (Wesley Snipes) and Billy (Woody Harrelson), joining forces to try and take over the city.
But recently, rumors have began to swirl that a White Men Can’t Jump remake is in the works. Some of the actors rumored to reprise the roles of Sidney and Billy include Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, as well as Anthony Mackie and Channing Tatum.
In my book, this is wrong! White Men Can’t Jump is a classic in itself, and should be left alone.
But this is not just because of the storyline, because a storyline can be remade any time. It’s because of the actors who brought us these characters.
These actors have created lasting impressions on the characters, as well as the fans who have watched them in these films. The actors in these films gave us such moving performances that made us fall in love with the characters they portray. Look at the kids from The Sandlot for example; or actors such as Charlie Sheen from Major League.
Personally, I would rather not see some random kid in 2017 quote “Ham” Porter’s famous line from Sandlot; “You’re killing me smalls!” I want to watch the ORIGINAL “Ham” Porter, Patrick Renna.
And who can out-do Charlie Sheen’s Rick Vaughn character in Major League, and his walk to the mound to the song “Wild Thing?” Mile Teller? Channing Tatum?? NOT A CHANCE!
I understand, Hollywood is running out of ideas, and what they’ve resulted to is rehashing previously made ideas. Unless you can get the SAME actors back in the movie and it MAKES SENSE for them to be there, you need to leave it alone.
What are some sports movies that you believe are off limits to remakes? Tweet me @KShermanSports with #NoSportsMovieRemakes.