Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Exclusive Clip From Edwyn Collins' The Possibilities Are Endless
An eat cute with Submarine's Yasmin Paige
New Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Clip With Benedict Cumberbatch
Smaug steps into the light...
Christian Bale Back In Talks For Steve Jobs Biopic
UPDATE: Aaron Sorkin confirms his casting
Quicksilver Rumoured For X-Men: Apocalypse
He should be dashing back on our screens
Official Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Arrives
Tony and the assembled heroes face a techno-threat
Steve Carell and Charlie Kaufman Share IQ 83
Dumbing down for a sci-fi satire
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 October 2014
Tom Hardy, Ryan Gosling And Will Smith May Join The Suicide Squad
Margot Robbie also considering the DC Comics film
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Focus
27 February 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Equalizer (2014)
Empire Star Rating
2 Guns (2013)
Empire Star Rating
After Earth (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Flight (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Men In Black 3 (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Denzel Heading Uptown Saturday Night?
He may join Will Smith's planned remake

04 January 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Pajiba

submit to reddit

Since buying the remake rights to the film in 2002, Will Smith has been trying to develop a new version of Sidney Poitier's 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night - and now Denzel Washington may well jump aboard the percolating pic.

The original, which Poitier directed and in which he starred alongside Bill Cosby, followed the misadventures of two friends who sneak out of their homes to visit a legendary - yet illegal - nightclub.

But when the place is held up, and their wallets are taken, the pair must recover a winning lottery ticket that was lurking within Cosby's wallet.

Sadly for Smith, and despite sounding like a possible all-star African American Ocean's Eleven-style romp, very little has happened on the project since, even though Smith had talked with Eddie Murphy and (shudder) Martin Lawrence about co-starring.

Now, however, Pajiba's sources say things could be heating up again with word that Washington might just be the man to help make it happen, and Washington has spoken about a possible collaboration with Smith.

Warners has recently started touting the job of rewriting the most recent draft of the script, which was penned by Cop Out's Mark and Robb Cullen, which signifies at least a little more interest in getting the wheels turning again.

Of course, even with superstars the calibre of Smith and Washington aboard, nothing is certain: given their busy schedules and the tough nature of development, Uptown could just as soon wander back into limbo. It sounds like a lot of fun, though….


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Kevin Smith Prepares To Hit Somebody
Hockey movie next for director?
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

yawn
Another Hollywood remake, how exciting. The next remake that makes any money and is considered an improvement will be the first. More

Posted by cajunmatt68 at 05:48 on 05 January 2010 | Report This Post

Uptown Top Rankin'
I hope they keep the remake in the 70s, a perfect excuse for outrageous fashions and people saying "Jive Turkey." "Let's Do It Again" was even funnier with Cosby and Poitier. More

Posted by BenTramer at 00:47 on 05 January 2010 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Reaction
We dive under the hood of Whedon's sequel teaser

10 Of The Most Impressive In-Universe Movie Tie-In Websites
From Blair Witch to Days Of Future Past, expand your cinematic horizons online

The 12 Apps Every Film Fan Needs On Their Smartphone
The handheld essentials to enhance your movie life

Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)