• Chris Rock to direct Kevin Hart in Co-Parenting divorce comedy

    Looks like Chris Rock is getting back behind the camera—with Kevin Hart in front of it. Deadline reports Rock is in negotiations to direct the Ride Along star in Co-Parenting, a comedy from producer Will Packer and Universal Pictures.

    Co-Parenting is about a stay-at-home dad—presumably played by Hart—who raises the kids while his CEO wife serves as the family’s moneymaker. As described by Deadline, the main character “finds himself in emotional and public turmoil when his wife kicks him to the curb” and begin a harrowing divorce and custody battle. Rock and Hart came up with the idea for the film, although due to Rock’s recent divorce, we wonder how much of the idea came from him. Black-ish writer Yamara Taylor writes the script.

    We’re used to seeing Rock on screen, most recently in the Netflix original movies Week Of and Sandy Wexler. He’s even been cast in the next season of Fargo. But the Saturday Night Live alum is no stranger to the director’s chair. He made his directorial debut with his 2003 “What if a black man ran for president?” comedy Head of State. More recently, Rock received critical acclaim for his 2014 film Top Five where he starred, directed, and wrote the screenplay.

    Hart continues to be one of the busiest stand-up comedians working today. He stars opposite Tiffany Haddish in the recently released Night School. In 2017, he starred in three films. He’ll see him take a shot at comedy-infused drama in the Les Intouchables remake The Upside opposite Bryan Cranston in January, not to mention the Jumanji and Secret Life of Pets sequels also come out next year. He’s even got a few announced films in the works. None of this includes his arena stand-up tours and various executive-produced projects through his HartBeat Productions company.

    We’re not sure where the two comedy giants will find the time to shoot Co-Parenting, but we can’t wait to see it.

    Billy Procida

    Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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