“This Means War” writer Timothy Dowling is next set to work on “Uptown Saturday Night,” a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. As it stands, Denzel Washington and Will Smith are connected to the roles originated by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby.
“Will Smith is producing it. He hired me to write it because he liked the script for ’This Mean’s War.’ He and Denzel Washington grew up loving the original,” Dowling revealed in an exclusive interview with MTV News. “It’s been a fun one to write, I just turned it in. We’re all hoping it’s something [Washington] wants do.”
“The funny thing is, Will is so funny but hasn’t done a comedy in a while and Denzel I don’t think has ever done a comedy. I think the pairing would be great,” he continued. “David Dobkin is attached to direct it and hopefully we’ll get that going.”
Dowling explained that “Uptown Saturday Night” was “a fun one to write” for a variety of reasons.
“The best way to describe it is a ’one crazy night’ movie but it’s not just one night,” he said. “Both of the main characters are blue collar guys, one doesn’t get a promotion, one’s business isn’t doing great, they go out for a night and get caught up in something they need to find their way out of. It’s similar in tone to ’The Hangover.’ I think it will be really fun.”
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