Two respective titans in the realm of comedy – Jonah Hill (This Is the End) and Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop) – will be teaming-up to bring a smile to your face in an upcoming comedy set to be directed by Kenya Barris of Black-ish fame, revealed our Abbot & Costello fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter. Think of this two person assemblage as a modern day Laurel and Hardy or Crosby and Hope (or, if nothing else, Cheech and Chong)…
The news of a Murphy and Hill collaboration will also mark a reunion of sorts between The Golden Child star and the new movie’s director Kenya Barris who was one of the scribes of note on the recent sequel Coming 2 America.
So what minefield of comedy gold could possibly compel two great lights to join forces? Plot details are being guarded more closely that the Manhattan Project (heck, we don’t even have a working title for the new project as of yet), but word ‘round our respective campfire has it that, in the broadest sense, the story (co-written by Hill and Barris) is to be an incisive look at love in contemporary times, the strength of families and how differing cultures shape and ultimately form or tear apart relationships. It is said that Hill and Murphy will be a sort of Yin and Yang to one another.
Barris will also serve as a producer on the untitled comedy via his production shingle Khalabo Ink Society, while Hill will also see producing duties courtesy of his own production house Strong Baby. Getting in on all of that producing fun will be Kevin Misher of Misher Films.
There are notables to goa round on this particular production: Barris will be stepping behind the feature directing lens for the very first time with this film. Guiding this talented artist to the finish line as executive producers will be Mychelle Deschamp and Hale Rothstein of Khalabo Ink Society, Strong Baby’s Matt Dines and Ali Goodwin will also be along for the ride as will Andy Berman of Misher Films. Not to be forgotten and also executive producing are David Hyman and Charisse Hewitt Webster.
Always fun to see two top of their game comedians – and able actors, to boot – team-up for what looks to be an intriguing and hopefully irreverent yuk-fest!