Both Shadow and Act and BlackFilm recently reported on activity concerning the long-gestating rumored remake of the Bill Cosby/Sidney Poitier classic Uptown Saturday Night.
It seems that Warner Bros. and Will Smith‘s production company Overbrook Entertainment have hired writer Tim Dowling to rewrite a screenplay for the project that was originally written by Cop Out scribes Mark and Robb Cullen. This is significant because it shows that all parties involved are still committed to making this film happen. David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is on board to direct, and Smith will produce with his Overbrook partners John Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Also of interest is the rumor that Denzel Washington will star alongside Smith in the film. I think this would be dope if it goes down simply because Denzel hasn’t done an out-and-out comedy since 1990′s miserable Heart Condition. (Oh, you don’t remember that film? It’s where he plays the ghost of a
pimp lawyer who haunts the racist cop that received his heart in a heart transplant. Yeah.)
And for those who are too young to remember the original Uptown Saturday Night, it’s the story of two friends who are robbed of their wallets and set out to find them when they learn that one of the wallets contained a winning lottery ticket.
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Angelina Jolie is hot. Black women are hot. Ergo, Angelina Jolie is a black woman. Well, that’s what Hollywood seems to think, at least.
Before its film adaptation was released earlier this summer, I’d never heard of the comic series Wanted. So it was a shock to discover that Fox, Jolie’s character, was black in the comics. But after doing a little more research, I found that the filmmakers were deviating from the source material. And besides, roles like this should be color-blind, right? Continue reading
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