Mike Epps has been tapped for the title role in Uncle Buck, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the classic John Hughes film starring John Candy. Also cast in the project, from Universal TV and Will Packer Prods., is Nia Long.
Like the movie, the series adaptation, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, centers on Buck Russell (Epps), a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother Will’s kids in a very childish way. Long will play Will’s strong-willed and smart wife.
The new Uncle Buck TV remake (there was a short-lived 1990s Uncle Buck CBS series starring Kevin Meaney) had been conceived with Buck as African American, giving the format a new twist. Packer is known for producing hit feature comedy franchises with Black leads, like Ride Along and Think Like A Man. On ABC, Uncle Buck would be a suitable companion for another single-camera African American family comedy, Black-ish.
Cragg, Bradley and Packer executive produce the pilot, with Korin Huggins co-executive producing.
Actor-comedian Epps, repped by CAA, Dan Spilo at Industry Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein, will continue to appear on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse. He recently wrapped feature Meet the Blacks and will next be seen in the film Term Life and HBO’s biopic Bessie. He also just launched his AOL series That’s Racist.