Nicholas Stoller to Rewrite ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Starring Will Smith and Denzel Washington
Nicholas Stoller is on board to rewrite the script for remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Richard Pryor comedy “Uptown Saturday Night” for Warner Bros.
The high-profile comedy director, Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) wants this to be his next film which stars Will Smith and Denzel Washington to play the lead roles. The film is being produced by Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter.
The original film follows two friends Poitier and Cosby who sneak out to visit an illegal nightclub. But trouble follows as the place gets raided, and then starts a wild comedic adventure which involves a lottery ticket. This most recent draft was written by Timothy Dowling.
The project is at a high priority for the studio. Stoller is hopeful to deliver the script by the end of the year. And then if McKay, Smith and Washington commit, the shooting is expected to get started over the summer. Otherwise the film may languish for a while.
Stoller has recently directed “Neighbors,” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and is due May 9, 2014.