Jonah Hill, Kenya Barris Team for Comedy for Netflix (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter


Kenya Barris and Jonah Hill have teamed up for a comedy feature film on Netflix.

Hill will star on the project, which he co-wrote with Barris. Barris, perhaps best known for creating the critically acclaimed ABC comedy Blackish, is set to make his feature film directorial debut.

The two also produce, Barris via his Khalabo Ink Society banner, Hill via his Strong Baby shingle. Kevin Misher of Misher Films is also a producer.

Plot details are kept under wraps, but it is said to be a modern take on the themes covered in Guess who’s coming to dinner?, the 1967 classic that saw the daughter of a white couple surprise her parents with a black groom. (The film starred Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, and Katharine Houghton.)

The goal is to shoot this fall in Los Angeles.

Executive Producers are E. Brian Dobbins, Matt Dines and Ali Goodwin of Strong Baby, and Andy Berman.

Barris Blackish ran seven seasons on ABC and spawned a few spinoffs, with the showrunner also directing a handful of episodes. As a wanted screenwriter for Black Voices in Film, his recent credits include Coming 2 America with Eddie Murphy and the Cheaper by the dozen redo, spinning. The Multi-Hyphen has many film and television projects underway, including a biopic of Richard Pryor that he is set to write, produce and direct, as well as a feature film based on the songs of Bob Marley.

Hill recently completed a tour with Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Adam McKay satire Do not seek, which Netflix will release later this year. He wrote for the last time Mid 90s, a coming-of-age drama that he also directed.

Barris is replaced by CAA, Artists First and lawyer Gregg Gellman. Hill is replaced by WME, LBI and lawyer Karl Austen.


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