Kevin Hart to Star in Action Comedy “Night School,” Which Tim Story Will Direct for Universal


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is set to star in Universal’s action-comedy , which is in negotiations to direct for the studio behind their hit Ride Along franchise, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

The story follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes as they study for the GED exam. It certainly sounds closer to Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School than Billy Bob Thornton’s School for Scoundrels.

and Hart will produce via their respective production companies and Hartbeat Productions. Pre-production is under way, and a release date is expected to be announced soon.

Hart came up with the story for Night School and co-wrote the script with , and , while contributed additional script work.

Hart goes way back with Story and Packer, who worked with him on the Think Like a Man and Ride Along movies, which have grossed nearly $450 million worldwide combined.

Hart also proved himself a good fit for the action-comedy genre with Central Intelligence, which paired him with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Like Ride Along and its sequel, that film is a two-hander, but Hart is clearly The Star of Night School, which will no doubt surround him with an ensemble of comedic .

Hart next stars opposite Dwayne Johnson in Sony’s holiday tentpole Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, as well as the Weinstein Company’s awards hopeful Untouchable, which is an English-language remake of the hit French film The Intouchables that pairs him with Bryan Cranston.

represents Story and Hart, who is also managed by . Packer is repped by .

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