Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Will Smith Produced UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT REBOOT

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Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Will Smith Produced UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT REBOOT

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Hart is in talks to star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night. The film is being produced by Will Smith will produce the Warner Bros. feature via his Overbrook banner.

The original is a 1974 American action comedy crime film written by Richard Wesley and directed by and starring Sidney Poitier, with Bill Cosby and HARRY Belafonte co-starring.Cosby and Poitier teamed up again for Let's Do It Again (1975) and A Piece of the Action (1977). Although their characters have different names in each film, the three films are considered to be a trilogy. Uptown Saturday Night premiered June 15, 1974 at the Criterion Theatre in New York, and opened to positive reviews.

Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared. The series lasted only one season, but he soon landed other roles in films such as Paper Soldiers(2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Soul Plane (2004), In the Mix (2005), Little Fockers (2010) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).

Hart's comedic reputation continued to grow with the release of his first stand-up album, I'm a Grown Little Man(2008), and performances in the films Think Like a Man (2012), Grudge Match (2013), Ride Along (2014) and its sequel Ride Along 2 (2016), About Last Night (2014), Get Hard (2015), Central Intelligence (2016), THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016), and George Beard in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017). He also released four more comedy albums, Seriously Funny in 2010, Laugh at My Pain in 2011, Let Me Explain in 2013, and What Now? in 2016. In 2015, Time Magazine named Hart one of THE 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list. He starred as himself in the lead role of Real Husbands of Hollywood.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the most recent draft of the movie that is set up at Warner Bros.

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