Denzel Washington may be coming on board Will Smith’s long in development remake of the 1974 comedy Uptown Saturday Night according to a source for Empire Online.

The original film starred Sidney Poitier and a bearded Bill Cosby as two friends whose night out at a popular nightclub is interrupted by a robbery. The next day, one of them realize that their stolen wallet contained a winning-lottery and the pair set out to track down the thieves. (Check out the trailer for the original, below.)

Smith originally purchased theĀ  remake rights to comedy back in 2002, but has not been able to get the project in front of the cameras. Previously, Smith had approached Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence about co-starring in the film.

According to Empire’s sources, studio Warner Brothers is looking around for a writer to take a rewrite pass through the script written by Cop Out screenwriters Mark and Robb Cullen. Is this an indication that the studio is moving forward?

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