WELCOME BACK, KOTTER news
Description: Original Horshak back as The Principal
August 11, 2006
Blackfilm.com has learned that Ron Palillo, who played high school student Arnold Dingfelder Horshak on the original TV series, "Welcome Back, Kotter", has been added to the cast of the film version that will feature Ice Cube as Mr. Kotter. Palilo will not be reprising his role, but will play the role of Principal Michael Woodman. John Sylvester White played the role on the TV series. The series ran on ABC from 1975-1979, and featured a young John Travolta, Laurence Hilton-Jacobs, and Gabe Kaplan.
Ice Cube’s company, Cube Vision Productions, has inked a deal with Dimension Films to bring “Welcome Back, Kotter” to the big screen, starring Cube in the movie’s title role.
In his film adaptation, Cube hopes to capture the comedic success of the 1970s TV sitcom.
“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,” said Cube, who plays wise-cracking teacher Gabe Kotter, a slacker who returns to his inner-city alma mater to get through to a group of troublemaking students.
Film production is expected to begin this fall following the completion of Cube’s next cinematic project, “Are We Done Yet” – a sequel to last year’s comedy hit “Are We There Yet.”