Universal has brought on Kevin Hart to star in the upcoming remake of John Hughes’ 1988 comedy, “The Great Outdoors,” TheWrap has learned.
Hart will also co-produce the film via Hartbeat Productions with Michael De Luca, who is producing via Michael De Luca Productions. Randall Green is attached to write the script. The original film, which was written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy as the patriarchs of two families who engage in a feud while on vacation in Wisconsin.
Green’s other work includes “Cartoon Girl” and “The Swimsuit Issue,” both of which were featured on the 2014 Black List. He was the only writer to have multiple scripts selected. Randall recently wrote the live-action “Scooby Doo” reboot for Warner Bros, and is also currently writing on the Showtime series “Billions.”
Elishia Holmes of Michael De Luca Productions is overseeing the project with Universal Production EVP Mark Sourian and CE Lexi Barta.
Hart will next be seen — or rather, heard — in theaters in the animated adaptation of “Captain Underpants” coming this June. He is also slated to reunite with “Central Intelligence” co-star Dwayne Johnson in a remake of “Jumanji” due out this December.
Hart is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Schreck Rose. Green is represented by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson.