Malcolm D. Lee is in early negotiations to direct Kevin Hart in Uptown Saturday Night.
Kenya Barris (black-ish) has written the film’s most script for Warner Bros., and the film will be overseen by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Smith and his producing partner, James Lassiter, are producing this.
There’s no word on who will co-star with Hart, but earlier report from Variety, did say that they were hoping tap a director before casting the co-lead.
In 2012, it was assumed that Smith himself would star in the film, and he was in talks with Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Martin Lawrence about the co-starring role.
The original, starring Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, featured two friends who visit a seedy nightclub on a Saturday night and end up getting robbed, launching them on a quest to find their winning lottery ticket.
Variety first reported this news.