*Warner Bros is developing a remake of the 1974 comedy “Uptown Saturday Night,” with Will Smith and Denzel Washington eyed to take over the roles played by Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier.
Adam McKay is in negotiations to direct the film, which is being developed by Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the idea is for McKay to helm the film after he completes a sequel to “Anchorman,” the Will Ferrell-starrer that Paramount has set for an early 2013 start and 2014 release.
In the original “Uptown Saturday Night,” Cosby and Poitier played friends who visit an illegal nightclub, and are forced to hand over their wallets to thieves. Turns out one of them contains a winning lottery ticket, emboldening the duo to bump up against the criminal element to get back the wallet.
Smith and Washington have long wanted to work together, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original cast also featured Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson and Richard Pryor, and the remake could follow suit by star-casting the supporting roles.