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  • Writer's pictureMichael Dakoske

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Remake Update


Christmas has It’s A Wonderful Life, Halloween has, well, Halloween, but the movie that says “Thanksgiving” is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The 1987 comedy tells the story of a no-nonsense advertising executive, played by Steve Martin, who faces a series of mishaps trying to get home for Thanksgiving, all while being stuck with an annoying shower curtain ring salesman, played by John Candy. The film has remained a cult classic and the official movie of Thanksgiving since its release. Then in 2020, it was announced that there would be a remake of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.


The remake will star Kevin Hart and Will Smith and will be produced by Westbrook Studios, Smith’s production company, Hartbeat Productions, Hart’s production company, and Paramount Pictures. According to Hart, the film is still in the scriptwriting phase, so he and Smith are still finalizing ideas for the movie itself. Hart says, “Excited to figure something out with my guy. Both from Philadelphia, we’ve yet to do anything and we’re just doing ourselves a disservice…like anything else, you cannot do it until it’s right, and sometimes that takes time. Lots of drafts, lots of rewrites, lots of brainstorming. We’ll get it there, and when we do, it will be what it’s supposed to be, which is amazing.”


It is still a mystery as to when the film will come out, but there are predictions that can be made. The original movie came out on November 25th, 1987, one day before Thanksgiving. Typically, comedies with big stars like Smith and Hart tend to come out during the summer, but most anticipate that the remake will come out around late November, just like the original. Although, as mentioned before, Hart revealed in an interview on Entertainment Tonight Canada that the movie is still only in the script phase and there isn’t a concrete story yet, so it is entirely possible that the remake won’t even be ready for release around Thanksgiving time at all. Hart also brought up the fact that both he and Smith are from Philadelphia, so he revealed that the remake will be set and most likely filmed in Philadelphia, rather than Chicago in the original. “This will be huge for us and the City of Brotherly Love, aka Philadelphia,” said Hart in the caption of his original announcement of the movie back in 2020.


Since its release in 1987, the original Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has made $49.5 million, according to boxofficemojo.com. In the past decade, Kevin Hart has starred in 15 movies that have surpassed Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987), including Ride Along, The Secret Life of Pets, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Will Smith has starred in eight movies in the past decade that have grossed higher than Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, including Focus, Spies in Disguise, Bad Boys For Life, and Aladdin, which reached $1B at the box office on its own. Many people are skeptical about rebooting such a classic movie as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, but with huge, world-renowned movie stars, Kevin Hart and Will Smith, as the leading roles for the movie, the remake of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles has a lot of potential.

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