In the original, Cosby and Poitier play old buddies who are robbed during a nightclub hold-up and must solve the case in order to get back a winning lottery ticket that's in Cosby's wallet. The film also starred Richard Pryor, Harry Belefonte, Flip Wilson and Calvin Lockhart. If Smith's initial pitch can be continued, let's hope that these characters are indeed filled with modern African-American stars like the aforementioned Murphy and Lawrence. And while we're on the topic of casting, I'd just like to say it'd be interesting and refreshingly against type to put Smith in the Poitier role and Washington in Cosby's.
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Overbrook also holds the rights to the subsequent Cosby/Poitier pairings Let's Do It Again and A Piece of the Action. Neither was technically a sequel to Uptown Saturday Night, though the three films are considered a trilogy. My assumption is if the Uptown remake is a hit, they'll redo the follow-ups as straight sequels involving the same characters. And hey, maybe if the franchise does so well they need a fourth installment, Smith can attempt to add a modified (and improved) Ghost Dad remake to the bunch, as well.