Kevin Hart joins Two Kisses For Maddy adaptation
Deadline reports that the upcoming adaptation of the Matt Logelin 2011 memoir Two Kisses For Maddy has added Kevin Hart (The Secret Life of Pets 2) to star in the family dramedy. The adaptation of the book will be known as Fatherhood when it hits the big screen.
The novel, published by Grand Central Publishing in April 2011, followed Logelin as he and his daughter Madeline move to India for two months when his wife and her mother Liz and their experiences living in another state, along with Logelin’s struggles with solo parenting so early into Maddy’s life.
Lifetime had previously optioned the rights to the novel in 2012 for a television film adaptation, but nothing ever came of the project and now Sony Pictures has gained the rights to the project and have not only acquired Hart to star but have also signed on Paul Weitz (Mozart in the Jungle) to direct and rewrite a majority of Dana Stevens’ (City of Angels) screenplay.
“When I started reading this script, I was immediately touched and brought to tears,” Hart said in a statement. “At HartBeat, we seek to provide the audience with stories that evoke true emotions and this story does just that. Our hope is to bring honor to the Logelin family, and we are thrilled to be working with Sony, Paul, Temple Hill and Free Association on such an incredible project.”
Hart is preparing to reteam with Sony on the upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, which is currently in pre-production and set to hit theaters on December 13, and was most recently seen in the American remake of the acclaimed 2011 dramedy The Upside which, though receiving generally mixed reviews from critics, has proved to be a solid financial success so far, grossing over $27 million globally within its first week of release and having dethroned Aquaman from the leader of the box office in its opening weekend.
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