Night Wolf: Kevin Hart to star in & produce comedy for STXfilms
STXfilms has acquired Night Wolf as a pitch from Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, developing the high concept comic twist on the superhero genre with Kevin Hart (The Upside) set to star in and produce the comedy via his HartBeat Productions banner.
Night Wolf follows a Meet the Parents-esque encounter where a man (Hart) meets his future father-in-law for the first time only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.
“After we acquired Night Wolf, we submitted it to Kevin Hart and the Team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did. It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin’s comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together,” said Chairman of STXfilms Adam Fogelson.
Earlier this year, STX Entertainment announced it would partner with HartBeat Productions to produce two new comedy projects with an eye for Hart to star in both. Night Wolf marks the third project Hart is developing with the studio. STX previously announced Black Friday and an untitled romantic comedy. The HartBeat team will oversee production with STXfilms’ SVP of Production Drew Simon.
“I am excited to be working with our friends at STX again. They brought us a great project with Night Wolf. I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad to be is secretly a superhero,” said Hart.
STXfilms’ upcoming slate also includes Hustlers, Countdown, 21 Bridges, Playmobil, Brahms: The Boy II, My Spy, and The Gentlemen. Hart can next be seen in the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which will arrive in theaters on December 13.
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