Remakes, rewrites, reimaginings, reworkings. Hollywood certainly loves to rearrange films in order to (ostensibly) make something new, and while that’s easy to poke fun at, occasionally the studio system comes up with a new (old) idea that just might work with some fresh faces.
See Warner Bros.’ planned remake of the 1974 Bill Cosby- and Richard Pryor-starring comedy Uptown Saturday Night, which has seasoned comedy director Adam McKay (Step Brothers, Anchorman) on board to direct and two very interesting names interested in starring. The film is being developed as a vehicle for Denzel Washington and Will Smith, who would star as a pair of friends who hit up an illegal (but classy!) nightclub for a night to remember – only to have things go seriously (and, yes, humorously) awry when the joint is robbed.
Variety now reports that frequent McKay collaborator Nicholas Stoller has now come on board to rewrite the latest incarnation of the film’s script. Stoller and McKay have teamed up for a number of projects in the past, including the upcoming Stoller-directed Neighbors and other titles like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets, so this is quite the comfortable pairing.
Timothy Dowling penned the latest version of the script, but it’s reportedly not up to snuff. Stoller is expected to deliver his first draft within the next month.
While the film has been in the works for quite some time, McKay reportedly “wants this to be his next film, and Smith and Washington are committed to getting the film off the ground, with a summer shoot being eyed.” There is a caveat, however, as “both stars must be on board with the latest draft or it’s a no-go.” Make it work, Stoller!
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