Adam McKay in Talks to Direct UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT Remake Starring Will Smith and Denzel Washington

     April 26, 2012


Though writer/director Adam McKay is currently busy writing the script for the long-awaited sequel to Anchorman with Will Ferrell (thank the Maker!), it appears he’s lining up a fairly ambitious project as his follow-up to Anchorman 2.  McKay is in talks to develop to direct the remake of the 1971 comedy Uptown Saturday Night.  The project has been in development for years with Will Smith and Denzel Washington attached to star, but the addition of McKay makes the remake all the more enticing.  Hit the jump for more.

will-smith-uptown-saturday-nightThe original film starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby two friends who go to an uptown nightclub on a Saturday night.  While at the club, masked bandits rob the patrons and ask everyone to strip down to their underwear.  The next day, Poitier’s character learns that he has won the lottery, but the winning ticket is in his stolen wallet.  The remainder of the film finds the two scrambling to track down the winning ticket.

The original featured a bevy of famous faces, including Richard Pryor and Harry Belafonte, and it’s not hard to imagine a pretty terrific remake in the hands of McKay.  Moreover, the team-up of Smith and Washington is incredibly promising.  In the original, Poitier was reluctant to go to the nightclub in the first place, so some fantastic comedic chemistry could be mined from the duo.

Per Deadline, the actors aren’t officially signed on yet, but if McKay develops an exciting draft of the script I don’t imagine the two passing this up. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) was previously attached to direct, but I think McKay is an inspired choice to take the helm. Anchorman 2 doesn’t shoot until early 2013, so McKay definitely has some time to fine-tune the Uptown Saturday Night remake before he gets wrapped up in the Anchorman production.


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