Hey, hey, hey! It’s Fat Albert…finally. It’s been nearly two years since ”creative differences” between Bill Cosby (who created the animated kids’ series in 1972 and still controls the rights) and original director Forest Whitaker caused this live-action adaptation to skid to a halt. But fans will be glad to learn that 20th Century Fox salvaged the Junkyard Gang, and come March, new helmer Joel Zwick (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) will start shooting the yet-to-be-cast flick in L.A. and Philadelphia with hopes of a holiday 2004 release. Though Whitaker had given the title role to Omar Benson Miller (8 Mile), producer John Davis says now he’s only ”a possibility” and that they’re ”looking at other options” for Albert. (Rumor has it that Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson is big on the part.)
Posted February 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EST
- Krasinski & Corden recreate 'Pulp Fiction' in hilarious sketch
- What to Watch Thurs.: 'RuPaul's All Star Drag Race' changes the rules
- 'Empire lawsuit claims kids were mistreated during filming
- Classic album covers get the 'Star Wars' treatment
- 'Mr. Robot': Carly Chaikin on the big Darlene shocker
- Prince's Paisley Park estate will open for public tours in October
- 'Another Period': Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome on season finale
- Flashback to the 2001 'Summer Catch' Premiere
- Fall Movie Preview 2016: 'Fantastic Beasts,' 'Rogue One,' and 76 Other Films
- Flashback to the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards
- See All of EW's Fall Movie Preview Covers
- Poppy Awards 2016: Your comedy nominees are...
- Poppy Awards 2016: Your drama nominees are...