Before Bill Cosby earned fame as America’s favorite dad, he appeared as an inept street hustler alongside Sidney Poiter in “Uptown Saturday Night.” The cast is like a time capsule of black film history. Roscoe Lee Browne, Calvin Lockhart and other familar faces from movies and TV shows of the 70s appear. Harry Belafonte channels his best Marlon Brando as an inner city kingpin.
Warner Bros. is excited about the prospects of remaking the comedy classic with Will Smith and Denzel Washington. This is the trailer for the original:
I’m going to assume Smith would play Cosby’s more comedic role, with Washington being the straight man as Poitier was. Nicholas Stoller is working on a script, with Adam McKay tapped to direct. Remakes are often a bad idea, especially when the original project is a beloved one. But the star power of Smith and Washington probably ensures this makes a whole lot of money.