‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake Gears Up Again With Kevin Hart Rumored To Star
The remake of Uptown Saturday Night was originally going to star Will Smith and Denzel Washington, but now Kevin Hart has entered in talks to star.
Personally, I have been waiting to see a remake of the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night since Shadow & Act first hinted to it almost six years ago. The updated version, which would have starred Will Smith and Denzel Washington in the roles originally played by Bill Cosby, now seems to gearing up after gestating for quite some time, and with Kevin Hart in negotiations to star.
Smith has moved on to producer with his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is writing the film’s most recent draft. Initially developed as a vehicle for Smith and Washington, busy schedules have forced both A-listers to the sidelines. Sources now say that Warner Bros. studio is focused on Hart to take the lead, but will first find a director before tapping Hart’s co-star.
Hart is coming off of one of his biggest box office smashes to date with Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which also starred Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The spiritual successor to the Robin Williams original grossed $962 million worldwide, including $404 million domestically. With a sequel in the works, Hart’s next slate of comedies find him going for his GED (Universal’s Night School) with Tiffany Haddish.