Kevin Hart Expected To Star In Remake Of ‘Uptown Saturday Night’, Originally Starring Bill Cosby & Sidney Poitier

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Kevin Hart could very well have found his latest project. For years there have been talks of an ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ remake. The original film which premiered back in 1974 would become a classic comedy that stars Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. According to reports, Hart is being eyed to star in the film newest version with Black-ish’s Kenya Barris on board to write it’s script. On the back end, the remake comes from Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment, which is Will & Jada Pinkett Smith’s company. As for who is expected to share the screen with Hart, no update has been made yet but we will keep you posted.

Kevin Hart is currently in talks to star in a remake of the 1974 Sidney Poitier/Bill Cosby comedy Uptown Saturday Night. It’ll come from Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment, run by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and James Lassiter. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is now on scripting duties; earlier drafts were done by Allan Loeb (Smith’s Collateral Beauty) and Nicholas Stoller (The Carmichael Show, the recent Muppets). Sources tell Variety they’re close to finding a new director (Adam McKay was hired in 2012), and will then move on to casting Hart’s co-star. The remake has been coming together for going on two decades, with Smith purchasing the rights in 2002; he and Denzel Washington were both eyed as stars along the way. It seems Hart will take them closer to making it a reality. The original followed Cosby and Poitier’s characters as they sneak into a high-class, illegal club where a series of chaotic antics ensue.

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