Denzel Washington & Will Smith to Remake 'Uptown Saturday Night'
While Adam McKay is preparing to dive right into the long anticipated Anchorman sequel, it sounds like he'll be following the hopeful laugh riot with Will Ferrell by working with a couple of superstars. Deadline reports McKay is negotiating to develop and direct Uptown Saturday Night for Warner Bros. with the hope that Will Smith and Denzel Washington will lead the remake of the 1974 comedy which starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as two buddies hanging out in an illegal nightclub who have their wallets stolen. However, they're inclined to get them back when the lottery ticket inside one happens to be the big winner.
Role Models screenwriter Timothy Dowling (who also penned the story for the brilliant short film George Lucas in Love) wrote the most recent draft, and the plan is for McKay to direct the film in early 2013, after Anchorman 2 is completely done, and send the remake to theaters in 2014. Will Smith is also producing through his Overbrook Entertainment banner, so having him star should be too hard. Pairing him with Washington for a comedy sounds like it should be a hell of a lot of fun. Apparently there's room for plenty of great supporting comedic roles as well, so hopefully McKay will bring some of his usual suspects for the fun.