‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake Gets New Writer; Eyeing Big Stars For Leads

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 3:23 pm,

Uptown Saturday Nights movie Uptown Saturday Night Remake Gets New Writer; Eyeing Big Stars For Leads

Warner Bros. has tapped screenwriter Tim Dowling (Role Models) to rewrite a script for the long-gestating remake of Uptown Saturday Night – the 1974 buddy comedy starring Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier – with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin attached to direct/executive produce.

In order to get the remake out of limbo, Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment are apparently pushing for the script to be re-fashioned as vehicle for two A-list stars, with names Denzel Washington and Will Smith being floated at this time.

For those who don’t know, the plot for the 1974 Cosby/Poitier bud-com encompassed the following:

Estranged friends Steve Jackson (Poitier) and Wardell Franklin(Cosby) sneak out of their houses to visit Madame Zenobia’s: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During their visit, however, the place is robbed and they are forced to hand over their wallets. Steve’s wallet turns out to have contained a winning lottery ticket, and together they go on a wild journey to recover their stolen property.

The film was a good bit of fun and still holds up to this very day, in my opinion. The writer of the remake, meanwhile, has a (short) screenwriting resume which includes the upcoming Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston rom-com Just Go With It, and McG’s upcoming spy movie/rom-com mashup, This Means War. Role Models I thought was a surprisingly enjoyable mix of raunch and heart; those aforementioned upcoming rom-com flicks…we’ll see.

Variety reports that this “remake” will be anything but, as it will likely veer away from the plot of the original film in many ways. That leaves me, personally, in a weird place: I want to yell about this being a remake of a film I still think holds up to this day; on the other hand, I want to yell about this NOT really being a remake, but still using the title of the original. I guess you’d call it a “re-imagining,” but still, if they land two stars like Big Will and Denzel will anybody actually care what it’s called – or will they just pile in to see it?

We’ll keep you updated on the status of this new Uptown Saturday Night as development continues.

Source: Variety

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  1. wow that’s actually a really cool combination…i’d see it

  2. Smith AND Washington? Oh ya… got my ticket.

  3. I would LOVE for this to work…

    Now the only problem is that this “story” has been done MANY times before. From “All about the Benjamins” to “The Hangover.”

  4. Jay Pharoah already did it.

  5. I have not seen the Poitier/Cosby version, but it could be interesting to see A-listers such as Denzel and Will Smith heading a remake.

    I first thought that it’d be good if they played against type, but no, Denzel should play more of a straight role, with Smith playing the comedic guy.

    But, most importantly, it needs to be an inspired remake, not just some lazy one-off that Hollywood tends to make.

  6. I’ve never even heard of this movie, but being a diehard Sidney Poitier fan, I will totally have to see the original before they try to do a remake of it.

  7. All you needed to say was Will Smith AND Denzel Washington. Who wouldn’t be interested in seeing that combination? I don’t even know if it’s been done before. If it’s even remotely as good as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, it’s going to be a hit – it doesn’t even have to be a comedy. You know what, screw the comedy. Let’s have a Smith/Washington drama, that I’d like to see .

  8. When did Will Smith become older than Denzel Washington?

    • When did Will Smith become old?

  9. The original was just perfect for the 70′s. The sequel was pretty good too, “Let’s Do It Again!”.

    I can’t imagine a remake being as good. Will Smith is just Will Smith in every movie now. He used to be a great actor that could melt into roles.

    • If there were to be a remake, why not pair up Dave Chapelle with someone like Ice Cube or Keb Mo? That would be more in the spirit of the original movie.

  10. I really hope this doesn’t turn into a Martin Lawrence/Tyler Perry special.

  11. This is a horrible idea. The main premise for this movie works minus the star power.

  12. Two things. It needs to be a 70s style movie. And it needs Eddie Murphy. I would love to see Denzel, will smith, Eddie murphy, Samuel l Jackson

  13. Dave Chapelle in Cosby role, Chris Tucker in Poitier role, Geechy Dan as Samuel L Jackson, Puffy as Silky Slim and Let’s do it again!

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