Jeff Shakoor to pen remake to 1974 buddy comedy

Warner Bros. and Overbrook are still hoping to get a remake of “Uptown Saturday Night” off the ground, as the studio has hired Jeff Shakoor to write the script for the project which has been in development for some time,

The original 1974 buddy comedy starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier and followed two estranged friends who have their wallets stolen at a nightclub. The next morning, they learn that one contained a winning lottery ticket, and together, they set out to find it.

Pic has been in development since 2002 with Overbrook partners Will Smith, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Jada Pinkett Smith producing. The plan was to team Will Smith and Denzel Washington for their first project together but given the thesps’ packed schedules, those plans never came to fruition.

Smith is still loosely attached to star and Adam McKay is on board to direct.

The CAA and Anonymous Content-repped Shakoor is currently developing the spec “George,” that has been described as an updated version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which CAA is currently packaging with talent before taking it to studios.

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