TROPIC THUNDER Scribe Etan Cohen to Direct Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in GET HARD; Michael Sucsy to Helm 40 DAYS OF DATING

     September 17, 2013


The promising pairing of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is one step closer to becoming a reality.  Variety reports that Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen has been tapped to make his feature directorial debut with Get Hard for Warner Bros., which sees Ferrell playing a wealthy investment banker and Hart playing the guy who washes his car.  When Ferrell’s character is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to a maximum security prison, he enlists the help of Hart’s “street-smart” character to help prepare him for prison life.  Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key & Peele) wrote the script, and production will likely begin soon given both Ferrell and Hart’s busy schedules.

Ferrell is also producing Get Hard, and he and Cohen are actually poised to team up again on the comedy Daddy’s Home, which Cohen is attached to direct for Paramount.  Hit the jump for news regarding the fascinating blog adaptation 40 Days of Dating.

40-days-of-dating-Michael-SucsyAdditionally, Warner Bros. has acquired the screen rights to the blog 40 Days of Dating, which is a compilation of essays and filmed vignettes created by New York designers and friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman that chronicles their 40 days of dating each other.  Deadline reports that Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World scribe Lorene Scafaria will pen the adaptation and Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) will direct.

Walsh and Goodman agreed to the experiment when both found themselves single.  They adhered to a set of rules that required the serial monogamist (Walsh) and commitmentphobe (Goodman) to see each other every day, go on dates three times a week, and take one weekend trip together.  It’s a fascinating experiment and, in the right hands, could make for one hell of a feature film.  Nabbing Scafaria to pen the script is certainly a big step in the right direction.  Check out the real blog right here.

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