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3/15/2006 5:28:46 AM
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Dimension Films is planning a big-screen remake of the popular 1975-79 TV sitcom with rapper-actor Ice Cube taking over from Gabe Kaplan as the title character. Kaplan, along with fellow Kotter co-creator Alan Sacks, held the rights to the series.
"We were skeptical about selling Kotter because making a great movie from a TV show can be challenging," Kaplan explained. "After meeting with the Weinsteins, we knew they were the right ones to bring this project - which has been beloved by so many people over the years - to the big screen."
Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez will produce Kotter along with Andrew Lazar. Tom Brady (The Hot Chick) is in talks to script and helm the film. "There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I'm very excited to be able to put a new twist on it," Ice Cube said in a statement.
Welcome Back, Kotter follows a brash, young teacher (Ice Cube) who returns to his tough, inner city alma-mater, where he's assigned to teach a new generation of the same sort of underprivileged, unmotivated, troublemaking students that he used to be.
"We are excited to introduce Kotter to a new generation, with Ice Cube putting his own brand of comedy on this legendary character," said Dimension chief Bob Weinstein.
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