Kevin Hart has signed on to star in Universal's remake of The Great Outdoors. The funny man has steadily climbed the ranks to comedy superstardom thanks to box office hits like Ride Along, Central Intelligence and The Secret Life of Pets. Hart looks to continue his dominance with upcoming projects like the Jumanji sequel/reboot, and the actor was even considered for the role of the Genie in Disney’s upcoming Aladdin live action remake. While it looks like that part may instead go to megastar Will Smith, there’s no denying that Hart is currently in his comedic prime when it comes to films that resonate with audiences.
Now, however, it looks like Hart is continuing forward with his newfound obsession with reboots and remakes by attaching himself to a remake of The Great Outdoors, the ‘80s comedy film about a pair of families (Dan Aykroyd and John Candy portrayed the fathers of the two families in the original) who go on vacation in Wisconsin. The script was written by the much beloved John Hughes, who crafted some of the most acclaimed comedy films of the ‘80s like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Confirmed by Deadline, The Great Outdoors reboot will be commissioned by Universal Pictures and star Hart in the lead role. The script will be covered by Randall Green and the remake will be produced by Michael De Luca and Hart’s own Hartbeat Productions company. No director or other stars have as of yet been announced, as the film is currently in very early stages of development.
While a reboot or remake in this modern atmosphere filled with them, a remake of The Great Outdoors still seems like a strange move for Universal. While Hughes’ was a household name during the ‘80s, The Great Outdoors was neither a box office hit nor particularly popular with critics and fans at the time. Perhaps Universal hopes to improve upon the original and Hart’s addition could at least help the remake be financially successful.
Regardless, while it seems like yet another remake is a bold move for Hart’s career considering he’s already attached to Jumanji and that he built his success off of original comedies, perhaps a new spin on The Great Outdoors, a film that wasn’t exactly that popular to begin with, could prove to be the right move for him. With a relatively unknown writer like Green attached (though he was attached to the Scooby Doo reboot a few years ago) and no director as of now, it’ll be hard to gauge the potential quality of the film.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all The Great Outdoors reboot information as it becomes available.