The critically acclaimed improv show THE BLACK VERSION is making the jump from stage to screen, with creator Jordan Black and Lance Crouther set to write and direct the comedy feature based on the show.
The movie will be a take on a romantic comedy, centering around a successful business woman named Merlyn who is more in love with weddings than she is with marriage.
Kevin Misher will produce through his Misher Films banner, alongside Jim Fishman through his Fallout Entertainment and Joanna Colbert. Nicolas Chartier, Dominic Rustam, and Jonathan Deckter will executive produce through Voltage Pictures, which is financing the project.
The Black Version improv show started at The Groundlings Theater in 2010, with an all African American cast of regulars including creator Black and comedy veterans Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Danielle Gather, and Phil Lamarr, and guest appearances by Keegan Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Wayne Brady, and Niecey Nash. The show begins when the actors ask the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, on the spot, improvise ‘the black version’ of that film. In addition to their live show, the troupe has produced several webisodes parodying popular movies.
Black has worked on a variety of projects throughout his entertainment career, including Arrested Development, Childrens Hospital, and voice work for Mike Tyson Mysteries. He most recently appeared on the CBS series Life in Pieces and Hulu’s The Mindy Project.
Crouther may be best known for playing the title role in the Louis C.K.-directed Pootie Tang, which was based on a character he had first introduced in a sketch on The Chris Rock Show. He has written for programs such as Real Time with Bill Maher and the talk show Lopez Tonight, where he took on the position of head writer. His long collaboration with Rock includes writing credits on the films Down to Earth and Good Hair, and an associate producer credit on Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor