STXfilms is in final talks for Tim Story to direct and produce Night Wolf, a high concept comic twist on the superhero genre, to star Kevin Hart. Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions. The announcement was made today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
Night Wolf, written by Detective Pikachu screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, follows a man (Hart) meeting his future father-in-law for the first time only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.
Story will also produce through his production company, The Story Company. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett will executive produce.
“Tim was our first choice for this project,” said Fogelson. “His skill with both comedy and action, along with his long history of working with Kevin on both Ride Along films, both Think Like a Man films, and many of Kevin’s comedy standup event films made him uniquely suited for this material. He came in with a great take and STX and HartBeat couldn’t be more excited to get started.”
Story has directed nine major studio feature films. Seven of them have debuted number one at the box office during opening weekend: Ride Along 2, Think Like a Man Too, Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four and Barbershop.
Story is currently in post-production on Tom & Jerry for Warner Bros. Pictures that will debut in 2021.
Hart starred in The Upside, the $100 million-grossing hit that STX distributed last year. STXfilms has also teamed with HartBeat Productions to produce numerous new comedy projects, with an eye for Hart to star in or produce.
Bryan Smiley is overseeing production for the HartBeat team and will produce along with STX’s EVP of Production Drew Simon.
When the project was first announced, Fogelson said: “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.”
“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 at the time.
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