Justin: I’m not entirely sure why I’m bothered by the fact that a remake of Uptown Saturday Night is in the works, but I am. There is a potential remake in the works, and, being faithful to the formula long ago established by Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, the movie
will could star big name black folks! Denzel! Will Smith! THIS SELLS ITSELF ALREADY.
That should be appetizing, but it’s not. Sure, I have no love for remakes and think, generally speaking, remakes are a plague of boils. Creativity-leeching, distracting boils. But that’s not the reason, at least not entire.
See, here’s something important to point out about me: I goddamn love Uptown Saturday Night and the other members of the Cosby/Poitier trilogy, including Let’s Do It Again and A Piece of the Action. These movies were on semi-regular rotation in the he Saturday afternoon TV movies from when I was growing, along with gems like Clue, The Gumball Rally, Smokey and the Bandit, Airplane, and a smattering of James Bond flicks among others. These were not all A-list films,