The beloved holiday comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles is undergoing the cash-grab Hollywood treatment with a predictable pair of big names to star - replacing Steve Martin and the late John Candy.
John Hughes thrived in the 1980s with a slew of deeply adored "all-American" feeling films, including Planes, Trains & Automobiles, which sent the bickering pair of Martin and Candy on a cross-country journey home. Considered a true "holiday classic," Hughes' sentimentally adored comedy is the next victim to a remake.
Stars Will Smith and Kevin Hart are hoping to recapture and recreate the same warmth and charm alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Ayesha Carr who will helm the script. Paramount has not yet disclosed a confirmed director for their latest project yet. Hughes' central involvement snagged the charisma behind the first film, and casting a line to hook the right director will be pivotal.
Though Smith and Hart are no strangers to the big screens themselves, it will be a challenge for them to go toe-to-toe with the original comedy as Martin and Candy channelled a niche heartfelt humour. There's a real threat and a high expectation to uphold while taking a steep gamble and rebooting Planes, Trains & Automobiles. There's no telling how this remake will fill some pretty big shoes yet. but the star power is a strong start.