Denzel Washington And Will Smith To Star In “Uptown Saturday Night” Remake


The remake of 1970’s comedy Uptown Saturday Night  is in the makes and set to star Denzel Washington and Will Smith this time around, according to a report from Variety.

Warner Brothers will be developing the project with Forgetting Sarah Marshall writer Nicholas Stroller as the script writer and Anchorman filmmaker Adam Mckay to direct.

“Smith and Washington are committed to getting the film off the ground, with a summer shoot being eyed. Both stars must be on board with the latest draft or it’s a no-go,” reports Variety.

Uptown Saturday Night was a hit in the black community when it was released in 1974. The original movie stars Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as two friends who pass themselves off as hustlers as they head to visit Madame Zenobia’s: a high-class but illegal nightclub. During the visit, however, the club is robbed and Steve’s (Sidney Poitier) wallet which contains a winning lottery ticket is stolen. Together they must recover the wallet.

Other notables in the original film include Harry Belafonte and Richard Pryor.

No definite release for the remake has been announced, but Stroller hopes to deliver a draft in the next month.

Watch the 1974 trailer for Uptown Saturday Night.

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