Denzel Washington & Will Smith to Remake 'Uptown Saturday Night'

April 26, 2012
Source: Deadline

Denzel Washington and Will Smith

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.

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No. They can't ruin this for me. You don't understand, this was the FIRST movie my mother introduced me to, and you just CAN'T touch Sidney and Cosby's classic!

Big Boss on Apr 26, 2012


Have they ever been in a movie together? 

Hu on Apr 26, 2012


First of all, shout out to big Boss because this was also one of the FIRST movies my mother introduced me to. Jaws was the first though. It's nice that someone from my time is on this site. We saw it after going to Arthur Treachers(Remember that?)That said, I have faith in these two. It should be good. I loved Anchorman.However, I wish Spike Lee was directing. It would be very interesting then.

Backinthedaysoul on Apr 27, 2012


Right time , right subject , right guys This will gona be Blast-Atomic Bomb-Mindblowing Gathering! Yes Denzel Washington can turn soil to gold and will smith nothing to everything This is best comedy movie news of year I also hate anchorman 2 and I wish and hope that this two guys play in drama/action film with serious theme you two

Ehsan Davodi on Apr 27, 2012


Denzel and will smith! S**t hot stuff this!

Gaz openshaw on Apr 28, 2012

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