ABC Orders “Uncle Buck” Reboot Starring Nia Long And Mike Epps
Mike Epps and Nia Long will be heading to the small screen in an upcoming television adaptation of 1980s film, Uncle Buck, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The pilot was recently picked up by ABC. Epps has been cast to play Uncle Buck, who is described as a less-than-responsible middle-aged man who is out of work and scores a job looking after his brother’s children.
Long will be playing the role of Buck’s sister-in-law Cindy Russell while James Lesure has been cast as Buck’s brother and Cindy’s husband.
Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi and Aalyrah Caldwell also star in the series produced by Will Packer. Of course, this isn’t the first time producers have taken a stab at an on-screen adaptation of the late 80s classic. In 1990, CBS aired a sitcom based on the comedy, but it was cancelled before the season ended.
Of course, reboots are commonly associated with drama—especially when they don’t include talent from the original project. According to Deadline, the families of both John Candy and John Hughes have complained about ABC turning the movie into a sitcom. Their statement reads:
Disappointment has been expressed by both the John Hughes and John Candy families over the conduct and decision by the ABC Network and Universal Television to develop a comedy series based on the feature film Uncle Buck. Rather than either entity providing advance information to the Estates, the families learned of the project’s potential via the media.
The families feel a strong attachment to the original film which symbolized the great and unique collaboration between Hughes and Candy. Recalling that the director was displeased with first Uncle Buck TV show effort which failed on CBS in 1990, it is well expected that he would not be supportive of this current attempt.
Apparently, ABC is moving forward with the reboot anyway. Scheduling details have yet to be announced.
Do you think you’ll be checking this out when it airs?