“The Great Outdoors” is a 1988 comedy directed by Howard Deutch, and written and produced by the late John Hughes, starring Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy and Annette Bening, telling a story of 2 families spending time on vacation in Wisconsin.
The film drew mixed reviews from critics, with a current score of 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also not much of a box office hit, grossing $41.5 million domestically and $43.5 million worldwide.
And so maybe a remake of an original movie that wasn’t all-that well received critically and commercially, is actually a good idea; improve on an underwhelming work instead of a classic as studios tend to do more often.
Universal Pictures announced this week that it is remaking “The Great Outdoors” with Kevin Hart attached to star. In the original, a Chicago man’s hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in. It’s not stated, but we can assume that Hart will play the lead, which was originated by Dan Aykroyd in the 1988 film.
No other casting announcements have been made at this time.
The studio has tapped Randall Green to script the remake, with Michael De Luca producing via his Michael De Luca Productions, alongside Hart through his Hartbeat Productions.
Hart is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Schreck Rose, continues to be a talent in-demand, with a rather busy film and TV schedule. Speaking of remakes, he’s starring in a remake of the 2011 French dramedy “Intouchables” which made Frenchman Omar Sy an international star, and earned him a history-making César Award for Best Actor (the first by a black actor), the French equivalent of the Oscars. Starring in the “Intouchables” remake is Bryan Cranston.