Kevin Hart reteaming with Malcom D. Lee & Universal for comedy
After working together on the box office hit Night School two years ago, Kevin Hart (Jumanji: The Next Level) is reuniting with writer/director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) and Universal Pictures for a currently untitled project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
There are no plot details yet on the film, but it is set to be scripted from Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, best known for their work on the acclaimed Comedy Central series Broad City and the 2017 ensemble black comedy Rough Night, in which Aniello made her feature directorial debut.
In addition to a reunion between Lee and Hart, the film will also mark a reunion between the two and producer Will Packer. Packer has worked with the director on his past two films, Night School and Girls Trip, while having worked with Hart on seven films including the Think Like a Man and Ride Along films, as well as the 2014 remake of About Last Night, 2015’s The Wedding Ringer and Night School.
The 40-year-old actor/comedian is also attached to produce the project through his Hartbeat Productions banner alongside James Lopez and Packer through Will Packer Productions and Lee for his Blackmaled Productions banner. Aniello and Downs are attached to executive produce.
Hart has worked with Universal Pictures at various parts of his career over the years, from cameos in Along Came Polly and The 40-Year-Old Virgin to leading the Ride Along and Secret Life of Pets franchises and the theatrical distribution of his 2016 stand-up special What Now?.
Lee has primarily worked with Universal since his 1999 debut The Best Man, following it up with Undercover Brother, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, 2013’s The Best Man Holiday, 2017’s Girls Trip and 2018’s Night School. He is currently working with Warner Bros. on the upcoming Space Jam 2, which is set to hit theaters July 16, 2021
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