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'About Last Night' All-Black Cast Remake (Hart, Ealy, Hall) Gets A New Title And Director

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 9, 2012 6:13 PM
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What we already know: Screen Gems is remaking the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, and Kevin Hart was the first actor to be cast in the project that centers on a man and woman who try to have a romantic affair, but are hindered by their own personal problems, as well as the interference of their disapproving friends.

Also, as of about 2 weeks ago, Hart's Think Like A Man co-stars Michael Ealy and Regina Hall were in early talks to join him in the remake.

And lastly, Will Packer (who also produced TLAM) is producing this as well.

What's the latest: The remake now has an official titled - Sexual Perversity in Chicago - the original title of the 1974 David Mamet play that the first film adaptation was based on. So maybe the story of thing upcoming all-black version will be closer to Mamet's original play, which I read was more caustic than the 1986 rom-com, full of profanity and jargon that reflects the working-class, presenting "intimate relationships [as] minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings."

The 1986 film was more of your relatively tame traditional rom-com with a happy ending. In fact, it was said that Mamet washed his hands of the film at the time.

And secondly, Steve Pink is said to be in talks to direct the Will Packer-produced film update of the play. Who's Steve Pink? He's a writer, director, producer, and his last effort as a director was 2010's Hot-Tub Time Machine. He's also attached to helm Bad Santa 2 and The Toxic Avenger

Pink will be directing froma script by Leslye Headland. She's a relative newbie who worked on a TV show called Terriers in 2010.

A fall production start date is likely.

The original film's synopsis:

Danny and Bernie are two single men living their lives on the wild side. But when Danny meets Debbie at a bar and the two start a relationship with a one night stand, Danny's life takes a different turn. How does this passionate night become a full affair and what effect will this relationship have on both people and their friendship with their best mates?

Edward Zwick directed the original that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as the couple who meet (Danny and Debbie), and James Belushi played Danny's best friend, Bernie. Elizabeth Perkins played Joan, Debbie's best friend.

Hart has signed on to play the Belushi role; while Ealy is said to be in talks to play the lead, originated by Rob Lowe.

Regina Hall will play the role originated on film by Elizabeth Perkins, the best friend, who has a love/hate relationship with Hart's character. 

The female lead (played by Demi Moore in the first film) is yet to be cast. Although since it appears to be a Think Like A Man reunion we could sayGabrielle UnionTaraji P. Henson and Meagan Good seemingly are likely all options. Although maybe we'll be surprised by a selection no one at all expects.

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  • Nicole Little | October 8, 2013 3:22 PMReply

    I'm not going to support this movie because as a 36 year old black woman, I grew up in the 80s, and I was 9 years old when the original movie came out in 1986. For them to turn it into an all-black cast is very disappointing to me. I love the original so much, and for them to mess it up saddens me. Why do us black people have to do a remake of anything? First, we remade that wack ass black version of The Honeymooners, and now About Last Night??? To me, that's an insult. What the hell are they going to do an all-black version of next? Endless Love? Who's going to play Jade and David? Laura London and Chris Brown? I believe that whatever white people made, it should stay there. Why can't black people remake another black movie classic like House Party or Class Act or Do The Right Thing? Why do we have to take white movies and put black faces in it? Call me Aunt Thomasina, I don't care. That's how I feel. Let the haters begin.

  • Rachel Conrad-DeBlasio | January 27, 2014 9:43 PM

    Your parents let you watch the original with mature themes & sexual overtones at 9? Pathetic and shameful. You should be more concerned with that. BTW, I'm NOT a fan of remakes no matter what color the performers are.

  • Elsee | February 1, 2013 2:12 AMReply

    Yeah no...have to skip this one. Somethings should be left alone.

  • Miles Ellison | December 19, 2012 8:40 PMReply

    The original film was garbage. Now there's an all black remake. Yay for originality.

  • diane | December 19, 2012 8:07 PMReply

    Am disappointed that the remake will be totally different than the original. The casting director could have made a brilliant move by casting Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher and attracted a much wider audience. I will not waste my money on this, loved the original one.

  • Akimbo | August 14, 2012 8:42 PMReply

    Joy Bryant has been cast as Debbie, the female lead. She's going to tower over Hart AND Ealy. I still would have liked to see the lead go to Regina.

  • Milton | August 11, 2012 11:34 AMReply

    I agree with Orville. Let's be original. Enough with the blackface version. Let's get back to stuff like Love Jones and Love and Basketball. Let's tell our stories our way.

  • Terrence | August 11, 2012 1:49 AMReply

    About last night what's a good with an all white cast, what makes you think it'll be better; with a black cast? !

  • Orville | August 10, 2012 5:29 PMReply

    Why does Hollywood always make these remakes with a black cast?

    This is sad because it means there is no creativity in Hollywood. Next, people are going to get upset that Hollywood is turning things black by changing a film that had an original white cast. Steel Magnolias is another film with a black cast now. Why remake such a good film? It doesn't make sense because these black remakes don't make big money.

    I think there was a movie called the Honeymooners remake a few years about with Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall and it bombed. Chris Rock was in a remake of death at a funeral and it wasn't a box office success either.

  • Ty | August 10, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    I don't see Kevin Hart as a great actor anyway. White writer, black writers who give a flying sh*t how about working together. Yes I do think it's BS that they would put all white writers when there are great black, Asian, Hispanic writes out there.

  • A.M. | August 10, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    Really? Is it me or is the very idea of the "all-black cast version" both insulting and retrograde. Shouldn't we be championing original work by black writers and not re-makes of mediocre material by white writers (I can't help but think of the "all black" Steel Magnolias.) I mean if you are gonna remake Mamet do Glenngarry Glenross or Oleana. Not to mention the fact that there are TONS of plays from the Black theatrical canon that need some love. To me all of this screams INFERIOTY COMPLEX. Yall can have that shit.

  • A.M. | August 13, 2012 3:33 PM, I WILL FOLLOW, RESTLESS CITY. Those are the three that I'm thinking of from this past year alone. And the Black "Indie" canon is RICH with mult-deminsional, sophisticated, high quality and complex representations of blackness....and to be truly BLACK is to be human and universal (don't bet me started on that train...cause it's an old, rusty and silly one to ride.)

    The issue is that black audiences don't support these films and white audiences only support black comedies with big names or multi-racial "fantasy" films (The Help.) There is nothing "VITAL" about a freaking remake... and it's interesting that you think a non-black story is automatically "universal."

  • anon | August 11, 2012 10:35 AM

    well when black people start making quality, original, innovative and non cliche stuff maybe these movies wont be made im sick of us complaining about the lack of quality black films when its a question of CULTURE noone is MAKING THESE FILMS noone is even THINKING of making non stereotypical films that are not race obsessed. The reason why there are remakes is becuase there is a lack of human stories in the black film cannon sadly these remakes are vital because at LEAST the stories are universal AND tried and tested.

  • urbanauteur | August 10, 2012 1:26 PM

    @A.M., the "reverb" in your bose speakers, is as clear as a African Drum!.. i agree with everything you said;-)

  • CareyCarey | August 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    Well A.M., you're not alone. It's nothing more than a lazy way for money-grabbing sell-outs to grease their pockets. I challenge any black person to define what rewards we -- the black community at large -- and aspiring writers and filmmakers are receiving from these "all-black cast versions" of past material by white writers. And please, I hope they spare us the "we gotta eat" line and "art is art" bs. I mean, if one cares to look at the principle characters/players behind this new trend, they're eating REAL good. And now they're pied pipering; dressed in fancy clothes and talking real sweet as they lead many black folks away from the real prize and self-respect. Yep, let's say it again... this screams a possible subconscious INFERIORITY COMPLEX with money easing the wounds.

  • writer | August 10, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    Think Like A Man also had white writers. Clearly there were NO black writers or black directors who could do a great job on this remake.

    Until black writers also get to work on movies starting non black folks (ha) it would be nice if black execs and producers would stop bragging about how they are "colorblind".

  • the black police | August 9, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    In addition, I still cant get over how great Hall and Ealy look in that picture. They would make a perfect on screen couple. I dunno why Hall isnt being given the lead woman role!!!!!! UGH.

  • the black police | August 10, 2012 12:05 AM

    I wish I had magic powers so I cant make them fall deeply in love with each other - everlasting love. They look perfect together. I wanna have BOTH THEIR BABIES.

  • bondgirl | August 9, 2012 11:51 PM

    I was thinking the very same thing. Who is murdering the casting by not putting these 2 opposite each other? At the least, they should be dating IRL...they look so good together.

  • the black police | August 9, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    I kinda agree with ALM. Kinda. The tile MIGHT hurt the move. MIGHT! It will immediately eliminate the church-going crowd - which seems to be a very profitable market (see Tyler Perry). BUT on the other hand, that title sets a tone for the movie. It doesnt need to be a commercial success. It can be edgy and nonconformist. I actually would like that direction. I am personally tired of predictable, cookie-cutter rom coms.

  • ALM | August 9, 2012 10:56 PMReply

    I think that the title change alone is going to hurt the movie. They need to go against using the original title.

  • WHITEISRIGHT | August 9, 2012 9:00 PMReply

    White director. White writer. Shame on Screen Gems. All the talented black people out there couldn't do this job right? James Lopez at Screen Gems and Devon Franklin at Sony are black men who have OFFICIALLY drunk all Clint Culpepper's kool-aid and asked "Massa can I hav me sum mo?" BOO!

  • WOW | August 9, 2012 8:51 PMReply

    Now we know the rest of the story. Remember, a few months ago we were asking the question: "What affect would the success of TLAM on the future of black cinema". Well, now we have a couple of films coming down the pike, starting with Zane's "Addicted" and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. YIPPIE! Now white folks know how we roll and where we'll spend our money... one night stands, women who think like men, stubborn unruliness and resistance to guidance or discipline, love and sex in all the wrong places and straight-up bullsh*t. And btw, what would this new party be without the pink toe? I mean, the white folks Mr, Pink and Leslye Headland will certainly have to show us poor starving black folks how it's done. Thanks Will Packer, we're movin' on up!

  • KG | August 9, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    Headland also wrote and directed the upcoming "Bachelorette," which is basically a film about people who hate their friends, so that could be something...

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