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Malcolm D. Lee in Talks to Helm Kevin Hart’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Remake (Report)

Film director Malcolm D. Lee attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards at TAO Downtown on January 3, 2018 in New York City.
Film director Malcolm D. Lee attends the 2017 New York Film Critics Awards at TAO Downtown on January 3, 2018 in New York City.

*“Girls Trip” director Malcolm D. Lee is reportedly in early talks to direct Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night” starring Kevin Hart, sources tell Variety.

Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner James Lassiter are producing with “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris writing the most recent draft of the script.

The original film followed two friends who sneak out to visit a high-class but illegal club, and all kinds of trouble and shenanigans ensue.

The remake project had been around for years with Smith and Denzel Washington eyed for the leads originally played by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, but busy schedules for both A-listers have forced Smith to serve strictly as a producer, opening the door for Hart to take the lead.

Kevin Hart and John Cheng will also produce through their HartBeat banner.

Sources say that once Hart was attached to the project, Lee immediately looked to be in a good position to take on the remake, as the two previously worked together on the upcoming Universal comedy “Night School,” which opens in September.

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