Nicholas Stoller to Rewrite ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ for Warners (EXCLUSIVE)

Nicholas Stoller
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Film being developed as a starring vehicle for Denzel Washington and Will Smith

In an effort to fast-track its remake of the 1970s Bill Cosby-Sidney Poitier comedy “Uptown Saturday Night,” Warner Bros. has hired “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” helmer Nicholas Stoller to do a rewrite on the script.

Adam McKay is on board to direct, and Warner Bros. intends to develop the film as a starring vehicle for Will Smith and Denzel Washington (pictured).

Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing and have been developing the project for some time, but the producers haven’t been able to juggle the stars’ schedules and get the script to the right point.

Sources tell Variety that McKay wants this to be his next film, and Smith and Washington are committed to getting the film off the ground, with a summer shoot being eyed. Both stars must be on board with the latest draft or it’s a no-go.

Stoller hopes to a deliver a draft in the next month.

The original film follows two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club and trouble follows. Timothy Dowling wrote the most recent draft. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for the studio.

The UTA-repped Stoller most recently helmed “Neighbors,” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, which bows May 9, 2014.

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  2. Variety… Get your facts straight! Uptown Saturday Night was bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. Richard Pryor was nowhere near that movie..correction-he had a small role as sharp eye Washington.. But it was a vehicle for Cosby and Poitier.

    • Samala says:

      I would say it’s because the writers can’t tell one Black from another, but this type of journalistic laziness spans the lines of color and subject.

      • Outlaw the Law says:

        “insignificant” “an” and “or”… Pardon my type-o errors.

      • Outlaw the Law says:

        Exactly! Just like when Michael Clarke Duncan died, “they” used the singer Seal and Terry Crews photos and said that they were MIchael Clarke Duncan. That was some of the most insulting nonsense I’ve ever seen. Oh hell, to cut to the chase, Black people are insignicant in “their” world therefore they don’t give a damn about any Black person’s identity or business. Simple as that. All of the entertainment news programs religiously give you and update on the latest and greatest of most white actors/actresses whether they’re the latest thing of someones career that they’re reviving, which is what they do best.

      • Mark says:

        I agree that writers can’t tell one Black from another. Journalists think all black people are the same. When white people are in the news, they do all the research necessary to make sure they’re accurate. When black people are in the news, they just think, “it’s probably Denzel Washington. I’ll just write Denzei Washington.” They won’t do a lick of research. If there are two black people in the news, they just think, “it’s Denzel and probably Will Smith. I’ll just write Denzel and Will Smith.” When has a journalist ever made a mistake identifying a white person? Never. When has a journalist ever made a mistake identifying a black person? All the time, cause they just assume it’s some random black person like Denzel Washington and just write “Denzel Washington.”

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