Mike Epps to Play Titular Star on ABC’s ‘Uncle Buck’ Comedy Pilot

Nia Long co-stars on the project, adapted from John Hughes’ popular 1989 film starring John Candy

“The Hangover” actor Mike Epps will topline ABC’s upcoming comedy pilot adapted from the classic 1980s film “Uncle Buck.”

The actor will star as Uncle Buck alongside Nia Long‘s Alexis on the half-hour project, which focuses on his character’s immature approach to rearing his brother’s kids.

Produced by Will Packer Productions and Universal TV, the “Uncle Buck” pilot is written and executive produced by Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Phil Traill.

The ABC pilot is based on John Hughes‘ 1989 comedy, which starred John Candy in the titular role. Will Packer is executive producing, along with co-producer Korin Huggins.

Epps is currently filming “Survivor’s Remorse” for Starz and appeared in HBO’s TV movie “Bessie,” dropping in May. On the big screen, he starred in “The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part 3” and “Resident Evil: Extinction.”

CAA, Industry Entertainment and Niles Kirchner represent Epps.

Long starred in “Friday,” “Big Momma’s House” and “Big Momma’s House 2.” She has also starred on WeTV’s “The Divide” and Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

Intellectual Artists Management and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder represent her.