Uncle Buck TV Remake Happening at ABC With African-American Cast

Mike Epps
Mike Epps is set to star in ABC's remake of the 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck. Kevork Djansezian/WireImage.com

Uncle Buck's back — on TV! ABC has ordered a remake of the 1989 John Hughes comedy classic to series with Mike Epps in the lead role, the network confirmed Tuesday, May 12. The TV reboot of the flick starring the late John Candy will find Epps as Uncle Buck, leading an African-American cast, including Nia Long, James Lesure, Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi, and Aalyrah Caldwell.

While episode details are being kept under wraps, the story follows an out-of-work Uncle Buck (Epps) who moves in with his brother and sister-in-law to help keep an eye on their kids after the family's nanny quits.

The ABC script hearkens back to Candy's role in the film counterpart, which found him caring for his brother's children (Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, and Gaby Hoffmann) when his father-in-law falls ill.

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John Candy in "Uncle Buck" in 1989 Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

The Uncle Buck reboot joins the network's other family-friendly shows, including Modern Family, The Middle, and Black-ish.

2015-2016 is the season for reboots at ABC; at the network's annual upfront presentation, they announced plans to offer up a Muppets comedy — a documentary-style show exploring the puppets' personal lives — from The Big Bang Theory producers Bill Prady and Bob Kushell.

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