Warner Bros. Pictures is moving into developing a remake of the 1974 Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier buddy comedy Uptown Saturday Night. Apparently the movie has been trying to get off the ground at the studio for almost a decade. The film is being produced by Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment production company.
Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin is attached to develop the remake from a script written by Tim Dowling (Role Models). The film is being set up as a starring vehicle for Smith and Denzel Washington. The original story follows two estranged friends who have their wallets stolen at a nightclub. The next morning, they learn that one contained a winning lottery ticket, and together, they set out to find it. Of course the remake will diverge from the original storyline.
I haven't seen the original movie in years, and I don't really have that nostalgic connection to it. But the fact that another re-make is happening in Hollywood irks me. I also can't help but think this will be a fun team-up of Smith and Washington.
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