A big comedy remake is coming together at Paramount Pictures.
The classic 1987 comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles will be getting a redo – one starring Will Smith and Kevin Hart. Both Smith and Hart will be producing the comedy, via their Westbrook Studios and Hartbeat Productions umbrellas respectively.
“I’ve been patiently waiting for the right project to team up with my brother with,” Hart posted to Instagram. “We found it and are developing it together with our teams. This will be huge for us and the city of brotherly love aka Philadelphia….. let’s goooooo @willsmith.”
Deadline broke the news of the remake, reporting that the screenplay will be coming from Aeysha Carr. This will mark the feature debut for Carr, whose previous credits include comedy TV shows My Wife and Kids, Everybody Hates Chris and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the latter of which also saw her take on a role as supervising producer.
Steve Martin and John Candy starred in the original road buddy comedy, which was both written and directed by the legendary John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). The film saw Martin playing a high-strung marketing executive and Candy as a goodhearted but annoying shower curtain ring salesman. With flights cancelled, the two are forced to endure a three-day odyssey of misadventures together as they attempt to get to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles is a bonafide comedy classic, so there’s an understandable amount of trepidation and concern from its many fans regarding a redo. The way this writer sees it: It’s understandable why many are yelling to “leave the original alone”, but hey, the original will be fine and forever there for us to watch. If this remake doesn’t work, fine, hate it and we still have the original. It it’s awesome, we now get two films with a similar plot to love! Plus, the new film may get younger generations to check out the original – something they may have not done otherwise. And for those immediately irked at the thought of a remake, Scarface, The Thing, The Fly, The Departed and many more would like a chat.
Here’s a look back at the original: