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Universal Pictures to remake The Great Outdoors with Kevin Hart

28 April 2017 12:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal Pictures are reportedly looking to remake the Dan Ackroyd and John Candy film The Great Outdoors with Kevin Hart in the lead role. The original 1998 comedy was written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch. If you’re unfamiliar with the plot, here’s a recap.

It’s vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley (John Candy), along with his wife, Connie (Stephanie Faracy), and their two kids, Buck (Chris Young) and Ben (Ian Giatti). But a serene weekend of fishing at a Wisconsin lakeside cabin gets crashed by Connie’s obnoxious brother-in-law, Roman Craig (Dan Aykroyd), his wife, Kate (Annette Bening), and the couple’s two daughters. As the excursion wears on, the Ripleys find themselves at odds with the stuffy Craig family.

Randall Green, the man responsible for the Scooby Doo live-action reboot is writing the new feature for the studio, while Hart will produce alongside Michael De Luca. »

- Paul Heath

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The Great Outdoors Is Getting a Remake with Kevin Hart

27 April 2017 1:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal has brought on superstar Kevin Hart to star in their comedy reboot of the 1988 comedy The Great Outdoors, which starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. This comes just days after news broke that Disney had actually approached Kevin Hart to play the genie in their Aladdin reboot before Will Smith. Kevin Hart will also produce through his Hartbeat Productions alongside Michael De Luca and his production company.

Deadline reports that Randall Green (Billions) has come aboard to write the script, although no details were given about this new version of the story. The original comedy centered on a Chicago family man (John Candy) who takes his wife (Stephanie Faracy) and sons (Chris Young, Ian Giatti) on a lakeshore vacation. Their trip is upended with the surprise arrival of their snobby in-laws (Dan Aykryod and Annette Benning) and their kids (Hilary Gordon and Rebecca Gordon).

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