Kevin Hart In Talks To Play Escaped Convict Turned College Frat Student in "Con Ed;" Will Packer Produces

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by Vanessa Martinez
April 11, 2012 9:23 PM
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Kevin Hart is currently in negotiations with Alcon Entertainment to star in its long-in-gestation comedy Con Ed, directed by Drumline helmer Charles Stone III, who last directed 2004's baseball comedy Mr. 3000, which starred the late Bernie Mac.

Hart will team up once again with Think Like A Man's producer Will Packer. Along with Packer, Con Ed, which hasn't been green-lit yet, will be produced by Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, and Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. John Stockwell and Steven P. Wegner will serve as executive producers.

Described as a "fish-out-of-water" comedy by Variety, Con Ed will follow two escaped prison convicts during a hurricane who "hide out at a local college where they pose as students in a fraternity."

Hart is circling the role of small-time crook and mastermind behind the plan. Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) rewrote a final draft of the script based on Stephen Leeds and BenDavid Grabinski's original screenplay, which was acquired by Alcon back in 2007.

Hart can be seen next in Think Like A Man, opening next Friday 4/20, and in Universal's upcoming comedy The Five-Year Engagement.

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19 Comments

  • CareyCarey | April 12, 2012 12:54 PMReply

    Nadine, psssst... get closer to the screen because I don't want anyone to hear us. We don't want them to start gossiping **whispering** Nadine, Kevin Hart is a comedian, okay. AAAAANNNNDDDD, that cartoon was simply that... a cartoon. You can cuss it, side-eye it, rub it, smack it, flip it around I don't care, but any person with half a brain could discern what's at play in that CARTOON. Besides, not one, not none, not one iota of humans are going to change anything about themselves nor their views on black women based on that cartoon. And, I don't know what you wanted Vanessa to do? OOOOh, wait a minute... Yesterday I ran up in one of her posts running my mouth about something that didn't have anything to do with her post. I mean, I tried my best to make it seem that way but I was on something. Anyway, me smell a hint of a personal agenda fueling your comments

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    @CC - hilarity at the link... you are toooooo stoopid... always my CC... @Vanessa - Mama!!!

  • Vanessa | April 12, 2012 2:22 PM

    Nadine my dear I'm here. I considered posting after work. BTW, I wasn't purposely ignoring you. I'm glad it looks like he's not affiliated with that cartoon. I think we've had similar conversations in S&A about the topic. There are too many generalizations made about Black women, Black men etc., and they're just ignorant. If you come across a man with that mindset based on whatever experiences he's had in the past, and will judge because of it, you wouldn't want him in your life anyway. Place your energy in the folks that will appreciate and embrace you for the unique, beautiful woman you are. There's my cliche advice for the day! It's true though. Plus you can't control some ppl's preconceived notions. That's the world we live in, and the reason why we advocate honest, multi-dimensional characterizations of our image on screen so we can educate mofo's. :)

  • CareyCarey | April 12, 2012 2:10 PM

    Nawl Nadine, I just didn't understand how Vanessa's post inspired your comments? I mean, she simply posted an update on Kevin Hart an you went... exit, straight left. And you know we cool like that ( you know I've got nothin' but love 4 you 2) so we're just kickin' it like we're sitting on the back porch drinking kool-kid. We're going to do what we do... and smile and hug when it's all said and done. It's just another day in the neighborhood. So I'm not out of control, I'm just being me and doing my thang. And check this... I've always loved and appreciated your writing style and your passion and you fearless commentary, so in another place and time I would have sang this song to you--> http://youtu.be/D0tF8LxpAKA

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 1:40 PM

    ..agenda? You've really been out of control CC and I blame myself because I have not been putting time into my arguments since I'd been doing drive-by postings since our prod.co is in the final stages of postpro. This, I guess, has given you the impression that I'm weak-minded... CC, MY LOVE (and you know I've got nothin' but love 4 you)... please stop... Yes I have an agenda, ABSOLUTELY, but I don't think it has anything to do with what you've surmised (I state blinking and skipping). I'm really too sweet for all of that! You see S&A? The messenger is getting the arrows! Vanessa left me hangin'!

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 1:25 PM

    "You can cuss it, side-eye it, rub it, smack it, flip it around I don't care, but any person with half a brain could discern what's at play in that CARTOON" - CC... I must not have a half a brain because I ACTUALLY need you to spell it out to me. I REALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING!!! (don't judge) :-(

  • Nadine | April 11, 2012 11:12 PMReply

    Vanessa...you know I love ya'll, but really? Is this the big Kevin Hart story of the moment? C'mon girl... why enable "this" without addressing him as an actor/comedian and how he feels about his audience? I'm losing the faith... I'm really trying to understand how he's any different from Michael Richards...

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 12:46 PM

    Posted by Kevin Hart on his Facebook page last night: "I was just made aware that the cartoon was posted on my page yesterday........it was posted by someone who only had access to my page for the purpose of uploading my calendar events.....That person thought that they were doing me a favor by posting something that THEY thought was funny........LEGAL ACTION HAS BEEN TAKEN & ONCE AGAIN I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT CARTOON IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM!!!!!! I am now done talking about this subject......LIVE LOVE & LAUGH" - Kevin Hart

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 12:29 PM

    Kevin Hart is taking no responsibility for the cartoon or the dissemination of said cartoon. https://twitter.com/#!/KevinHart4real/status/190178819108388865

  • Ali | April 12, 2012 12:15 PM

    Had no idea about that. Thank you for the links and info, Zeus and Nadine.

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 12:06 PM

    @Zeus... thanks I guess you posted while I was writing my ESSAY. If I'd seen that, I wouldn't have posted...today...

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    BTW - my husband LOVES Kevin Hart, but this "talkin'" from Hart is wearing thin on him... my response, "that's your boy"... Hart is such a talent, I don't know why he does the things he does...

  • Nadine | April 12, 2012 11:53 AM

    @AKELAH - S&A is setting me up! Okay Akelah, apparently it's got to be NADINE again with the hysteria... can I... I mean, can I just be allowed to chill dammit?!?!? Okay, 2 days ago, CLUTCH MAGAZINE ONLINE came out with an article entitled "Kevin Hart Has an 'Interesting' Message for Black Women" (http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/04/kevin-hart-has-an-interesting-message-for-black-women/) - in the article (which shows the offending cartoon), Risa Dixon of Clutch Magazine Online writes, "Comedian Kevin Hart has decided to send a message to Black women in the form of a cartoon. He is basically trying to say that being a strong Black woman doesn’t mean you walk around all day with an attitude. The cartoon depicts a Black man trying to talk to some Black women and gets rejected by all of them. In the next scene he is walking with a White girl and the same Black women are dogging him for dating outside of his race." Sound benign? Well that in itself is a problem, but the cartoon illustrates a preppy young Black man (which there is no shortage of, of course, in the Black community) walking up to 3 Black women who clearly share little to none of the preppy young Black man's values "clowning" him (yet they are the archetype for Black women as a whole and the preppy dude the same for Black men as a whole). The next frame has that young upstanding preppy archetypical Black man walking arm in arm with a very svelte, yet curvy (interesting) young blonde both as happy as can be while the same 3 black "hags" are calling the young man a "sellout" and more... The lies are limitless within those 2 frames (see Black Woman Walking by Tracey Rose - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp-Eq6QGSfI and check out a classic slightly problematic sociological piece called Tally's Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men http://books.google.com/books/about/Tally_s_Corner.html?id=Mc5HBbE8rucC) , but there is not enough clarity in the Clutch/Kevin Hart article as to whether or not this may or may not have been a cartoon circulating around already. Did Hart requisition the cartoon or did he discover it deciding to make it his duty to hold it up as truth? This is not the first time Hart, who via Twitter 2 years ago posted "#HANDSDOWN Light-Skinned women usually have better credit than dark-skinned women...Broke ass dark hoes...lol", has put himself in a position where he would, in a decent world, have to explain his statements, especially to a major portion of his CORE AUDIENCE. Unfortunately if his explanation for his tweet 2 years ago, "Attention all dark skin woman...I'm a fucking COMEDIAN which means I tell jokes, stop being so damn sensitive! I'm joking jeez, SMH" (while Tracey Morgan goes traipsing around the country kissing the hands and feet of every GLAAD member he could find) is an indication of what his audience, post "35 and Ticking" and pre-"Think Like a Man", is to expect in terms of a response to his most recent gaffe, if this dude is held to any basic standard, then... well, you know I was going to say we're screwed as a people, but we're kind of not...this bigotry might be a good thing...

  • Zeus | April 12, 2012 11:40 AM

    My guess is you're talking about this right?---->http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/04/kevin-hart-has-an-interesting-message-for-black-women/

  • Ali | April 12, 2012 11:33 AM

    Yeah, Nadine, I'm not completely sure if I'm following you. Could you elaborate please?

  • Akelah | April 12, 2012 9:50 AM

    @Nadine, as a K.Hart fan can u please expound, link me to or explain your information?..thanks

  • Nadine | April 11, 2012 11:21 PM

    ...and WHY DO I have to ALWAYS be the one to bring these things up? Can someone take the pressure of my azz, please?!?!?

  • tepnlex | April 11, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    A Chuck Stone mention. That's Wassssup!

  • WOW | April 11, 2012 9:43 PMReply

    the news here ain't kevin. its charles stone! c'mon! good for him.

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