Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson are set to star in Netflix’s crime comedy Coffee & Kareem, Collider has learned.
Michael Dowse (Goon) will direct from a script by Shane McCarthy that was voted to the 2014 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. That makes sense, because I love this logline. Get a load of this…
Helms will play a Detroit cop who reluctantly teams with his girlfriend’s (Henson) 11 year-old son to clear his name and take down the city’s most ruthless criminal. Now I know what you’re thinking. This sounds an awful lot like the 1993 Burt Reynolds comedy Cop and a Half that boasts a 14% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But here’s the difference — Ed Helms is a lot funnier and more family-friendly than Burt Reynolds was. I mean, the guy is Captain Underpants for crying out loud. He’ll be perfect for this movie, which, it goes without saying, will all come down to the casting of Kareem. If Dowse finds the right kid, this movie could become something of a classic.
In addition to playing one of the two title roles, Helms will produce along with Mike Falbo via their Pacific Electric Pictures Co. banner, while executive producers include Sanford Nelson, Jordon Foss, Linden Nelson, and Don Foss.
Best known for The Hangover trilogy and his starring role on NBC’s The Office, Helms was most recently seen in the New Line comedy Tag opposite Jeremy Renner and Jon Hamm, as well as the comedy Father Figures alongside Owen Wilson. Helms also had a dramatic supporting role in the Ted Kennedy drama Chappaquiddick.
Henson is an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner who currently stars in the Paramount comedy What Men Want, and will soon be seen opposite Sam Rockwell in the indie drama The Best Of Enemies. Her other credits include Hidden Figures, Fox’s Empire, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Dowse most recently directed the Kumail Nanjiani–Dave Bautista comedy Stuber, which 20th Century Fox will release this summer.
Pacific Electric’s credits include Corporate Animals starring Helms and Demi Moore, which was recently acquired at Sundance by Screen Media; Dito Montiel’s The Clapper starring Amanda Seyfried; and the Comedy Central special The Fake News with Ted Nelms, which won a WGA Award for the Best Comedy/Variety Special.
UTA represents Helms, Henson and Dowse, who is also repped by Fourth Wall Management, while Helms is managed by Artists First.