The late, great John Hughes was cultural and commercial force throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, but in the decade since his death, we’ve seen a lot of his movies getting set up for remakes. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense, but on the other hand his movies are so closely tied to the ’80s that it is difficult to imagine them set in any other era. We’ve already seen Uncle Buck and Mr. Mom rebooted for TV, a new Vacation movie was released in 2015, and Disney is setting up a new Home Alone movie as well. Now the 1987 classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles is about to get revisited with Will Smith and Kevin Hart reportedly attached to take on the lead roles. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Will Smith and Kevin Hart will star in a new version of Planes, Trains & Automobiles for Paramount Pictures. Aeysha Carr (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Woke) will write the script although there does not appear to be a director attached as of yet. The original film starred Steve Martin and John Candy as two mismatched strangers on a road trip trying to get home to see their families for Thanksgiving after their flight is cancelled.
Kevin Hart is already attached to star in yet another John Hughes redo: a new take on The Great Outdoors. The pairing here with Will Smith makes a lot of sense, especially after Smith recently rediscovered success in the buddy comedy genre with Bad Boys for Life (clearly Dwayne Johnson was unavailable). Would you watch this new version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles?