STXfilms acquired “Night Wolf” as a pitch from “Detective Pikachu” screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit. The studio describes the movie as a “high concept comic twist” on the popular superhero genre, and Kevin Hart and his HartBeat Productions are attached to the project. The announcement came from Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
This isn’t Hart’s first project with STXfilms, “The Upside” grossed over $100M earlier this year. The studio attached Hart to “Night Wolf” after hiring the writers. The studio described the story adding, “Night Wolf follows a Meet the Parents-esque encounter where a man (Hart) meets his future father-in-law for the first time only to discover he is secretly the superhero known as the Night Wolf.”
Earlier this year, STX Entertainment announced it would partner with HartBeat Productions to produce two new comedy projects with an eye for Hart to star in both. “Night Wolf” is the third project Hart is developing with the studio. STX previously announced “Black Friday” and an untitled romantic comedy.
“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,” said Chairman of STXfilms Adam Fogelson.
“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.
The studio’s next big release is “Hustlers” on September 13th starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, and Julia Stiles. In October the studio is releasing the horror-thriller “Countdown,” followed by the animated-comedy “Playmobil” in December. “Brahms: The Boy II” is another December release, followed by “My Spy” in January and “The Gentlemen ” in January.
Hart recently voiced a character in the animated-comedy “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” and will reprise his role in the Jumanji franchise in “Jumanji: The Next Level.”
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