‘Sesame Street’, Tim Story-Directed ‘Tom & Jerry’ Movies Set At Warner Bros For 2021

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Warner Bros just announced two new films starring children’s characters rooted in the mid-20th century. The studio said today that it has dated untitled Sesame Street and Tom & Jerry movies for release in two years.
The live-action Sesame Str…

‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Tom and Jerry’ Films Set for Early 2021

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Warner Bros. has set the release dates for previously announced films based on the beloved “Sesame Street” and “Tom and Jerry” series.

The untitled “Sesame Street” movie, a live-action musical, arrives Jan. 15, 2021, and the untitled “Tom and Jerry” movie, which is a live-action and animation hybrid, comes out April 16, 2021.

“Portlandia” co-creator Jonathan Krisel is directing the “Sesame Street” movie based on the long-running children’s series created by Jim Henson and featuring the adorable puppet characters Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Telly, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie and many, many more.

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Mike Rosolio wrote the first draft of the screenplay, with Chris Galletta writing the most recent draft. Shawn Levy is producing with Michael Aguilar. Levy has been developing the project since 2012 when 20th Century Fox held the rights. Jesse Ehrman is overseeing for Warner Bros. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the longstanding children’s program, will be involved with the development of the project.

Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Shaft”) is attached to direct the untitled “Tom and Jerry” movie for Warner Bros. Animation Group based on the rival cat and mouse duo from the 1940s and ’50s Hanna-Barbera cartoon shorts. The project will be a hybrid of animation and live-action.

Paramount has a “Rugrats” movie, based on the Nickelodeon ’90s cartoon, arriving in late January of 2021, and Universal has “The Boss Baby 2” arriving several weeks ahead of the “Tom and Jerry” film in March 2021.

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‘Shaft’ Reboot Trailer: ‘Bad Mothas’ Samuel L Jackson and Richard Roundtree Usher in a New Generation (Video)

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Is that Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree back on the streets as that very special man Shaft? You daammnn right.
Warner Bros. just released the first trailer for the reboot directed by Tim Story and written by Kenya Barris and Alex Barnow. And in…

‘Shaft’ Trailer: The Coolest Private Eye And His Semi-Cool Son Take To The New York City Streets

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There’s a new trailer for the next chapter in the Shaft film franchise and includes three generations of the coolest private eye of New York City…can ya dig it?
In the trailer for the New Line Cinema action comedy we are re-introduced to th…

Kevin Hart might be the Monopoly movie’s Rich Uncle Pennybags 

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For years, Hasbro has been trying to do something with Monopoly, the classic board game that everybody owns and nobody likes. The toy company first floated the idea of a Monopoly movie in 2008, long before Battleship and Ouija brought in their disappoi…

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

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Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

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The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro will co-produce the film via its Allspark Pictures label. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis and Greg Mooradian will serve as producers.

Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars amid a scandal over past homophobic tweets, for which he apologized. But he was also recently seen in “The Upside” as well as 2018’s “Night School.” He’ll next lend his voice to the next “Secret Life of Pets” movie and will soon begin shooting on the untitled “Jumanji” sequel opposite Dwayne Johnson.

Story’s next film, a remake of “Shaft” starring Samuel L. Jackson, will open in theaters June 2019.

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“Monopoly” marks Hart’s latest collaboration with Lionsgate, which already includes the joint venture Laugh Out Loud channel, the unscripted TV series “Kevin Hart: What The Fit” for YouTube and the concert film “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.”

Deadline was first to report.

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Ride Along’s Tim Story to direct a live-action Tom And Jerry movie

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Tim Story is in talks to make a live-action Tom And Jerry movie for Warner Bros.—and by “live-action” we assume it means “CG cat and CG mouse.” We don’t know anything else about this movie, but seeing as ho…

‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (EXCLUSIVE)

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Warner Bros. has big ambitions for its animation division, and the studio has zeroed in on the talent to help steer the ship on two popular properties. Sources tell Variety that Warners and Warner Animation Group (WAG) are in negotiations with “S…

Eddie Murphy, Tim Story Team For New Line Comedy Inspired By ‘Grumpy Old Men’

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EXCLUSIVE: New Line has attached Eddie Murphy to star, and Tim Story to direct and produce, an untitled comedy inspired by the hit Walter Matthau-Jack Lemmon comedy Grumpy Old Men. John Davis is producing through his Davis Entertainment banner. He prod…

3 Generations of Shaft in First Look at Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Roundtree (Photo)

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Three generations of Shaft are prominently featured in the first set photo from the upcoming “Shaft” movie starring Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree (the original Shaft).

The behind-the-scenes photo was taken in New York City over the weekend as the three leads were decked out to the nines in Musika Frere tailoring. Musika Frere is a hot fashion brand based out of New York which was launched on Instagram by Alek Musika and Davidson Frere.

The film is being directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” series) and produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.

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“Shaft” isn’t just a niche cult classic — it’s a franchise that’s had notable financial success.

MGM’s original “Shaft,” a 1971 blaxploitation film with Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft and a soundtrack provided by legendary crooner Isaac Hayes, took in $13 million at the box office on an estimated $500,000 budget. A 2000 John Singleton-directed sequel with Samuel L. Jackson in the title role also featured Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale and Busta Rhymes. It opened atop the box office and took in $107 million worldwide on an estimated $46 million budget.

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Matt Lauria Joins New Line’s ‘Shaft’ Sequel

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Friday Night Lights and Parenthood alum Matt Lauria has been cast in New Line‘s Shaft, joining stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and Richard Roundtree. The Tim Story-directed flick follows John Shaft Jr. who, working for the FBI, reluctantly enlists his estranged father to help to find out who killed his best friend Karim and bring down a drug-trafficking/money-laundering operation in NYC.
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Tim Story’s The Story Company Taps Sharla Sumpter Bridgett As President Of Production

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The Story Company, co-founded by Barbershop director Tim Story, has brought on veteran film and television producer Sharla Sumpter Bridgett as President of Production. Bridgett, who previously served as development executive/producing partner at Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street, will oversee Story Company’s new slate of film, television and digital projects.
Prior to the new post, Bridgett also was partner and President of Production at Varsity Pictures and President of…

Netflix Makes ‘Shaft’ Reboot Deal That Could Change The Model For Urban-Themed Films

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EXCLUSIVE: Leave it to the franchise featuring the coolest private eye to come up with an inventive way of potentially changing the model for how certain urban-themed movie get financed and distributed. Sources say that New Line and Netflix are nearly closed on the untitled Shaft reboot. Netflix will pay more than half the film’s high $30 million budget, in exchange for international rights and the ability to put the film on its streaming outside the U.S. two weeks after…

Tim Story to Direct, Produce Movie on 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

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Tim Story, helmer of the three “Ride Along” movies, is directing and producing a feature film about the deadly 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Story and Doug Griffin are producing through the Story Company with Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity. Zak Kilberg and Blue Ridge Media are executive producing. Christopher Kubasik has been… Read more »

Kevin Hart to Star, Produce, Co-Write Universal Comedy ‘Night School’

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Kevin Hart has signed on to star in the Universal comedy “Night School,” TheWrap has learned.

The film will feature Hart as the leader of a group of misfits who try to get their GED while taking adult classes. The project will see Hart reunite with Tim Story, who is in talks to direct the film after previously collaborating with Hart as the director of “Ride Along” in 2014.

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In addition to starring in the film, Hart will also serve as producer with Will Packer and share writing credit with Harry Ratchford, Joey Wells, and Matt Kellard, with additional script work by Nick Stoller.

Hart, who starred alongside Dwayne Johnson last year in “Central Intelligence,” will reunite with Johnson later this year in the remake of “Jumanji” with Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. He also has a voice role in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which will be released in June. A release date for “Night School” has not been set.

Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose. Story is represented by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

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Kevin Hart Heads to ‘Night School’ in New Comedy

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Kevin Hart will star in and produce the action-comedy “Night School” at Universal Pictures, while Tim Story is in negotiations to direct. “Night School” is in pre-production with a release date expected to be announced shortly. Hart will produce via his Hartbeat Productions banner and Will Packer will produce for his Will Packer Productions. “Night School”… Read more »

Tim Story to Direct ‘Shaft’ Reboot

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“Ride Along” director Tim Story will helm New Line’s upcoming “Shaft” reboot, TheWrap has learned.

The film is being produced by John Davis, Ira Napoliello and “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, who wrote the script with Alex Barnow.

Story broke out with 2002’s “Barbershop,” starring Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson. He is best known for directing the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises, and also dipped into the Marvel Universe, helming the 2007 Fox superhero film “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” His most recent project was stand-up comedy concert film “Kevin Hart: What Now?” which made $23.6 million at the domestic box office.

Also Read: ‘Shaft’ Reboot in the Works at New Line With ‘Predator’ Producer (Exclusive)

“Shaft” isn’t just a niche cult classic — it’s a franchise that’s had notable financial success.

MGM’s original “Shaft,” a 1971 blaxploitation film with Richard Roundtree as private detective John Shaft and a soundtrack provided by legendary crooner Isaac Hayes, took in $13 million at the box office on an estimated $500,000 budget. A 2000 John Singleton-directed sequel with Samuel L. Jackson in the title role also featured Vanessa Williams, Jeffrey Wright, Christian Bale and Busta Rhymes. It opened atop the box office and took in $107 million worldwide on an estimated $46 million budget.

Story is represented by UTA and attorney Matt Johnson at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

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‘Corduroy’ Movie Adaptation in Works With Director Tim Story

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CBS Films has begun development on “Corduroy,” based on the classic children’s novel, with “Ride Along” helmer Tim Story in negotiations to direct. Based on the Don Freeman book, the story follows a department store teddy bear who goes on an adventure to relocate his lost button so that he can ultimately find the home and the… Read more »

Kevin Hart to Star as Santa Claus in Disney’s ‘Dashing Through the Snow’

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Kevin Hart is in talks to star as Santa Claus in Disney’s christmas comedy, “Dashing Through the Snow,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Will Packer, who has worked on the “Ride Along” films with Hart, will serve as producer along with John Jacobs (“Ted”).

“Dashing Through the Snow” will follow a New York City detective who has a bad relationship with his son. The only thing that can fix the relationship is the real Santa Claus.

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The project, in development at Disney Live Action, is an original idea by Scott Rosenberg (“Con Air”), and will be written by Rob Burnett. The studio is on the search for a director.

Hart, one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, recently starred in “Kevin Hart: What Now?” ‘Ride Along 2” and “Central Intelligence” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which earned over $126 million domestically. He also voiced a character in “The Secret Life of Pets.”

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His upcoming projects include “Jumanji,” which will reunite him with Johnson. TheWrap recently reported exclusively that “Ride Along 3” is in development at Universal, with Ice Cube to return as well.

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How Director Tim Story Helped Kevin Hart Come Up With the Idea for ‘What Now?’

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When Kevin Hart was brainstorming ideas for his third concert film, “Kevin Hart: What Now?,” “Ride Along” director Tim Story was the person he turned to.

“He told me to come to the first show which was in San Antonio, Texas, and I saw his intro, which was a 007 thing and I said, ‘Why don’t we expand on that? A spoof of James Bond,” Story told TheWrap he suggested to the comedian.

Kevin Hart: What Now?” is based on the actor’s 2015 comedy stand up tour. Leslie Small directed the comedy portion of the film, while Story helmed the skit of the film — a spoof of James Bond, which featured the ultimate modern day Bond girl, Halle Berry.

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All in all, “Kevin Hart: What Now” took just eight days to shoot.

Story and Hart, however, go way back. The two have worked on projects like the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” movies, and it all started with Hart reaching out to Story.

Story’s next films include “Ride Along 3,” which is in script stage, and “Humbug,” a contemporary story telling of “Scrooge,” which will star Ice Cube.

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Read TheWrap’s Q&A with Story below.

TheWrap: How did this movie come about? What kind of production goes into a film like this?

Tim Story: It’s fun, knowing that I kind of stick to my same guns, because I do the skit and Leslie [Small] did the concert part so it’s a little easier. This is our third time. The idea came out of what Kevin had already created in his stand up show. He told me to come to the first show, which was in San Antonio [Texas] and I saw his intro, which was a 007 thing and I said, “why don’t we expand on that? A spoof of James Bond.”

Why was the production budget so high?
I always love to tell people the movie was shot in like eight days but that’s including the concert, helicopter and car stuff. When I look at that, we definitely got the bang for our buck.

How did Halle Berry come on board?
Once we decided to do the spy spoof, immediately, we started talking about Bond girls and one of the most famous Bond girls is Halle Berry. We both knew her, but Kevin just said, “I’m gonna call Halle Berry.” I was like “c’mon man, you’re not gonna get Halle Berry.” But he did — he knows everyone in the world and can talk to people and how he can get people to do things is a testament of his talent.

Tell me about your first-ever meeting with Kevin
My agents called me and said, “this guy Kevin Hart wants your number.” I said, “Give it to him immediately!” but they were like, “Wait a second, who is this guy? Should we know him?” I told them they shouldn’t know him but they will know him, that he’s probably the next star. Me and Kevin met at a breakfast place in Santa Monica and sat there and immediately got along.

How has he changed as a performer?
We always laugh at this — we are starting to see he knows my job too well and it makes me mad. He knows about my camera and lenses, and he’s just a student of that. I know without a doubt that Kevin will be directing his own [movie]. He’s too busy to do many, but he’s definitely going to be directing one or two of his own. He’s just become so savvy … and he’s learning more and more about filmmaking process to the point where he’s an expert.”

Do you have anything else lined up with Kevin? What are your other upcoming projects?
We’re always working on stuff. There are the obvious things like “Ride Along 3” and we’ve talked everywhere from whether we should extend this skit to be a feature too, and we’ve got smaller indie films that we’re looking at doing. [But] right now, we don’t have anything we are doing immediately.

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What’s the update on “Ride Along 3?”
We’re writing the script right now, I’m waiting to see some pages and we’re excited for the idea and bringing Kevin and Ice Cube back together. I’m impatiently waiting for a script. We have some great ideas.

Is there a role for Kevin Hart in “Humbug?”
It’s funny, we messed around for a second. We talked about him being the ghost. There’s a chance that Kevin might show up in it …

Would you ever direct another superhero movie after “Fantastic Four” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”?
I don’t know … I liked what I went through with the first. At the center of it was a family, that’s what brought me to that project, but I’m not an action director. I like comedy, I like people and I like those situations. I’m not sure if I will find another property that brings that type. Would I like to? Of course. But I’m not sure if I will. I kind of like where I am.

When Gisele [Bundchen] walked across the stage at the Olympics, were you like, “yeah she was in my movie”
I always kind of smile a little bit because to have worked with Gisele [in “Taxi”]. She was so freaking cool. She’s like a guys’ girl. I remember working with her and how much fun she was. She was so game to do whatever. One time, a stunt driver was supposed to come around a corner in an M3 [BMW] and the guy wasn’t going fast enough and Gisele was like “let me do it, I own a couple of them.” She grabs the M3 and just whips around the corner — so she’s also a stunt driver! This girl is just so talented, and so cool to work with, so I do kind of smile to myself. It is one of the highlights of my career just working with her.

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