According to a report from Deadline, Hasbro and Lionsgate’s upcoming live-action flick, Monopoly, will star Kevin Hart and the actor’s Night School collaborator, Tim Story, will direct. Deadline reported that the film, based on the legendary board game, is in the final stages of negotiations.
Carli Haney, John Cheng, and Kevin Hart will produce for the flick on the behalf of the actor’s production company, HartBeat, while Story and Sharla Sumpter will produce at the behest of his own enterprise, The Story Company. Deadline claims the previous draft of the movie would be about a young man’s quest for riches, but has since changed.
This is otherwise good news in what has been somewhat of a tumultuous month for Mr. Kevin Hart, who had to step down from hosting next month’s Academy Awards due to resurfaced tweets in which the comedic actor made homophobic jokes.
While media reports have claimed Kevin had “made a mistake” by not apologizing and agreeing to the Oscars, some of his cohorts in the comedy world disagree.
In an episode of The Fighter and The Kid featuring Bryan Callen and Brendan Schaub, Callen, who has a long history in the comedy scene, stated the Oscars were missing out on Kevin, rather than Kevin missing out on the Oscars.
As it was previously reported, multiple outlets conjured up old tweets from Hart in which he suggested he would be unhappy had his son turned gay, or even played with girl’s toys.
Controversial or not, Kevin remains a highly lucrative star right now, alongside Tiffany Haddish. In recent years, Kevin has established himself as one of the biggest comedy acts in the world. For the most part, Kevin’s name in the industry right now is associated with success after success, including with movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Central Intelligence.
Relating this all back to the upcoming Monopoly flick, Hasbro and Kevin’s collaborators have been talking about making a movie on the classic board game for years. Deadline claims the fan favorite has been played in approximately 114 countries around the world for at least ten years.