The Great Outdoorsis one of those movies that’s fine for remaking. Although it likely has fans, especially those loyal to its stars Dan Aykroyd and John Candy and screenwriter John Hughes, for the most part it’s a forgotten comedy that’s almost 30 years old and hasn’t aged into classic status. There’s no use in complaining, then, that there is in fact a remake in the works.
Deadline is reporting that Kevin Hart will star in the new version, which is being rewritten by relative newcomer Randall Green (TV’s Billions). It hasn’t been revealed whether he’ll be filling the part of Candy, who played a man trying to enjoy a lakeside cabin vacation with his family, or Aykroyd, the rude brother-in-law who shows up unannounced with his family to crash the attempt at relaxation.
Hart could really play either of the leads perfectly, and he could be paired up against just about anybody and make it work. He’s done the unlikely duo thing before with Ice Cube in the Ride Along movies and the Rock in Central Intelligence. He’s no stranger to remakes, either, having starred in redos of About Last Night and Death at a Funeral.
The original Great Outdoors was a so-so success when it opened in the the summer of 1988, though it was no match for comedic competition like Big, Coming to America and Crocodile Dundee II, or another seasonal pastime-focused movie such as Bull Durham. Hart could do better with the remake, as he’s one of the few sure-thing box office stars today who can do no wrong.