Will Smith and Kevin Hart cast in new Planes, Trains And Automobiles

Will Smith and Kevin Hart are both on board to star in Planes, Trains And Automobiles remake

Will Smith and Kevin Hart are set to star in a remake of Planes, Trains And Automobiles.

The comedians are both on board to recreate the 1987 travel comedy, according to Deadline.

The film – which originally starred Steve Martin and John Candy – follows a pair of businessmen as they fumble their way back to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with their families.


Ready to ride: Will Smith and Kevin Hart are now set to star in a remake of 1987’s Planes, Trains And Automobiles

Planes, Trains And Automobiles’ modern retelling is being shepherded by Paramount Pictures.

Hart’s HartBeat Productions and Smith’s Westbrook Studios are teaming up to develop the project.

Aeysha Carr of Brooklyn 99 will be writing the screenplay, which will be her feature film writing debut.

Hart and Smith will produce the film with Westbrook Studios co-president and head of motion pictures Jon Mone along with HartBeat’s president of film and television Bryan Smiley.

Double trouble: The film originally starred Steve Martin and John Candy

Hart recently completed production on the Sony drama Fatherhood which is set for an April 2021 release. He and wife Eniko are currently awaiting the arrival of tk

Smith and his company Westbrook Studios are currently working on King Richard, a biopic about Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena. 

Will, wife Jada Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Inc – the parent company of his production group Westbrook Studios – are also dealing with a public health emergency after one of their projects had 10 employees test positive for COVID-19.

The company helps Will and Jada create content like her hit Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk, his Snapchat show Will From Home, in addition to other television and film projects.

Westbrook Inc. is the ‘first significant transmission reported at a production company’ after 10 employees tested positive for the virus, according to Variety.

Outbreak: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s production company has been hit with ten cases of COVID-19, according to Variety. The pair are seen in 2015 above

Westbrook Inc. said they had stopped production on one project in a statement to Variety but did not identify which particular show they were referring to.

Their other shows without infected workers will continue shooting, according to a representative.

The company said that it had been following federal, state and local guidelines for its productions, including ‘Appendix J,’ the Los Angeles county order that sets out strict requirements for film and TV production. 

On Wednesday a representative told Variety: ‘We received 10 positive tests and the crew members quarantined and remain in quarantine. All 10 people were retested and have received negative results. We will continue to follow all official guidelines and safety protocols.’

They said they are also working with a Department of Public Health investigation. California surpassed 600,000 individual cases this week, the most of any state.

Mixed results: The 10 employees reportedly all received negative results just one day after testing positive the virus, calling testing methods into question. Above an LA drive-in center is seen

Tabling things: The company helps Will and Jada create content like her hit Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk (above), his Snapchat show Will From Home, in addition to other television and film project.

There are now fears about the accuracy of the coronavirus tests being used after the 10 Westbrook Inc. employees tested negative so quickly after their positive results.

None of the workers have shown symptoms.

Westbrook Inc. has changed the firm responsible for conducting both the original and follow-up tests, Rapid Reliable Testing. 

Los Angeles County employee guidelines have directed people to self-isolate for 10 days after testing positive.

Anyone in ‘close contact’ with the positive individual is required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Numbers: California surpassed 600,000 individual cases this week, the most of any state. Pedestrians in Glendale, California are seen above

These ‘close contacts’ had self-quarantined, according to Westbrook Inc., which did not disclose how many people that would affect.

The outbreak was initially reported on the county public health website on Saturday, identifying the location as Westbrook’s offices in Calabasas.

A company rep said that the office has been closed throughout the pandemic and has not reopened, making it unclear if the workers were infected at that location or somewhere else related to the organization.

It was unclear it the Smiths would directly be affected by the production pause.

‘Will and Jada are both involved in active productions that are all following strict guidelines outlined by the CDC, California State and Los Angeles County,’ the company rep said.’

On hold:  It was unclear it the Smiths would directly be affected by the production pause. They are seen in October 2019 above

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