Kevin Hart has signed on to star in a new action-comedy at Universal Pictures. Broad City‘s Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs have developed an original idea, and Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee is on board to direct. He also previously directed Hart alongside Tiffany Haddish in 2018’s Night School.
Plot details are being kept under wraps – for what specific reasons, we’ll never know. It’s a comedy! – but they’re being protected by a host of producers, as Erik Baiers and Christine Sun will oversee the project for Universal, while Sheila Walcott will oversee for Lee’s company, and Bryan Smiley and Carli Haney will do the same for Hart’s banner, Hartbeat Productions.
Aniello and Downs also previously collaborated on the 2017 comedy Rough Night, and Aniello has since directed the pilot episode of new Comedy Central series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens and Netflix’s reboot of The Babysitters Club. She and Downs are also currently prepping to shoot an untitled pilot for HBO Max.
Hart just came off the sequel Jumanji: The Next Level, as well as his revealing Netflix doc Don’t F**k This Up. He’s also a busy man with plenty of other projects lined up, including Sony’s upcoming dramedy Fatherhood, while he also recently signed on for another action-comedy opposite Jason Statham titled The Man From Toronto.
Lee just wrapped directing the long-awaited Space Jam sequel with LeBron James. The combination of Lee, Hart and Aniello and Downs is an interesting and potentially good one. If the script matches Broad City‘s humour, Lee can find his Girls Trip magic, and Hart can bring his star persona, this could be good. Even though we don’t yet know what it’s about.