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Adam McKay, Will Smith, Denzel Washington To Team Up For 'Uptown Saturday Night' Remake?

It's a distinct possibility

By Corwin Neuse Apr 27, 2012 11:28AM
"Uptown Saturday Night" was a 1974 comedy that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as two friends who visit an illegal nightclub, get mugged, and have their wallets stolen. Doubly unfortunate for them: one of their wallets contained a winning lottery ticket. Emboldened by that knowledge, the friends embark upon some presumably zany adventures to get their wallet back.

Does that sound like a good candidate for a remake? Warner Brothers apparently thinks so, and—according to Deadline—has enlisted director Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "The Other Guys") to bring the project to fruition. Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment is already on-board to produce the film, as Smith ostensibly plans to star. His theoretically partner in crime? Denzel Washington. How's that for star power? Like "Tower Heist" or "Ocean's Eleven," the rest of the cast would be filled out with other famous actors and comedians.

What do you think, Hitlisters? Is this the sort of project Smith should be making, instead of dour, inevitably disappointing sequels like "Hancock 2" and "Men In Black III?" And how come Denzel and Smith haven't teamed up yet? And how awesome would that be? And all those other fascinating, speculative, possibly rhetorical questions... Normally we're against Hollywood cannibalizing its past, but this is one remake we can (theoretically) get behind.
Apr 27, 2012 12:17PM
Big mistake on choosing Denzel Washington as a partner in crime. He is a great action and dramatic Actor but not known as a Comedian.  A way better choice would be Eddie Murphy.  That would be the shoe in.  Perhaps even one of the Wayans brothers would have been a better choice, for they are known for their comedy.
Apr 27, 2012 12:55PM

This is a classic!!!! No matter who you put in it, it will never live up to the original.

Let's not mess up classics (Dre and Snoop "The Wash - remake of Car Wash - Wow - REALLY!!!) Let the sleeping giants lie!!!!

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