Courtesy of Deadline, Paramount Pictures is set to remake John Hughes’ 1987 road trip comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Will Smith and Kevin Hart will take over for Steve Martin and John Candy. Both Smith and Hart will serve as producers on the project. Meanwhile, Brooklyn 99 and Woke scribe Aeysha Carr will pen the script, marking her feature film debut.
For those not in the know, Planes, Trains and Automobiles features a mismatched duo forced to become bunkmates and traveling partners in a desperate attempt to get home to loved ones for Thanksgiving after their flights are canceled. Hilarity and hijinks ensue.
The only question, outside of who the director will be, is “Who will play the straight guy and who will be the aloof comic relief?” Smith and Hart have both demonstrated throughout their career the talent to do both, so without further detail, either actor could be in line for either role. Obviously, Martin played the straight guy in the original film while Candy took up the role of the goof. Guess we have to wait to see!
What do you make of this story? Do you think that a remake of Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the right move for Paramount Pictures? And are Will Smith and Kevin Hart the right calls for such a project? The studio has been struggling as of late. Perhaps they should put their eggs in another basket? What do you think! Sound off in the comments below and let me knowhow this news hits you!