Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart May Star in New Buddy Cop Comedy

Published 4 months ago by , Updated June 10th, 2014 at 9:38 am,

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Last year’s This Is the End was one of the biggest comedy hits of the summer, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for co-writer/co-director/star Seth Rogen, who had seen his box office draw and leading man status dwindle in the previous few years.

However, Rogen appears to be back in the spotlight. His upcoming film, Neighbors, is due to hit theaters in a couple of weeks and could prove to be another winner. The film – directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) – features Rogen as a family man facing off against a fraternity house that moves in next door and pits the funnyman against Zac Efron. Now, thanks to Stoller, fans have an idea about another onscreen pairing that could be in the offing.

While promoting Neighbors, Stoller told /Film that his next directorial effort will likely be a buddy cop comedy starring Rogen and Kevin Hart. The project was reportedly picked up by Paramount a few years ago and was written by Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street), who actually produced three of Stoller’s previous films. Here’s what Stoller had to say about the proposed film:

“The next thing I want to direct is this thing for Seth [Rogen] and Kevin Hart. It’s basically about the first white cop black cop pairing in history. That takes place in the late ’40s, and they have to bust jazz musicians for weed. It’s kind of a Baz Luhrman world mixed with Tarantino shit. It’s a lot of things.”

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Both Rogen and Hart are currently hot commodities, with the latter coming off of the massive financial success of Ride Along. So pairing the two of them onscreen seems like a no-brainer, especially considering Hart’s memorable cameo appearance in This Is the End. However, placing the two actors in a version of the 1940s that stylistically plays as a blend of Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby and something like Tarantino’s Django Unchained could be a smart way to take the cliche-ridden buddy cop sub-genre in a fresh direction.

Of course, that all depends on how the film is approached. If the film’s setting and narrative setup are explored effectively and used to serve the comedy throughout, audiences could be in for a treat. However, if the creative team don’t fully commit to it and merely use it as a gimmick on which to hang yet another buddy cop film, then Rogen and Hart’s collaboration will be nothing but a missed opportunity. Time will tell how this one ends up, but at least the premise has our attention.

Do you want to see Rogen and Hart share the big screen? Are you excited by the film’s premise, or would you prefer that the two actors stay in modern times? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more details on the proposed Rogen-Hart project as this story develops.

Source: SlashFilm

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  1. Great premise. Sounds like it could be funny and interesting. 1940s LA is such an epic backdrop, I hope it is set in 1940s LA. White Jazz by James Ellroy would be too gritty, but it could exist in the roughly the same world.

  2. i love seth and superbad was hilarious with him and his partner… i wish it was a spin off of superbad instead of a new project with kevin hart… anyway i love buddy cop movies so i sould enjoy this regardless of my current feelings.

    • Not sure about it yet, but I have a good feeling about this movie. Setting it in the 1940s gives the production a lot to play with.

  3. This could be a great comedy. I mean its a good director with two great leads. Hopefully it pulls through and happens.

  4. Two of Judd’s biggest boys. Sounds good already but I also would like to see them together in a modern setting.

  5. I’m a big fan of Stoller, Rothman, Rogen, and Hart all four’s work, so I’m definitely into this. I almost started to roll my eyes when I saw it was yet again another buddy cop comedy, but the 1940s L.A. premise with a Gatsby/Tarrantino-ish feel part definitely caught my attention. As said in the article, if they really commit to that setting and tone, then they could make a great film that transcends the usual cliche buddy cop formula. I’ll be on the lookout for this.

  6. So a director with several horrible movies to his name and two of the least funny people in Hollywood since Adam Sandler rode into town are getting together for a buddy cop movie?

    I’ll pass.

    • Dude stop. This best me a troll. Stop stating your minority ass opinion as fact. Stoller is a great comedy director. Forgetting Sarah Marshall is fantastic. Get Him to the Greek and Five Year Engagement are fine. Wrote some pretty good screenplays. Neighbors is getting rave reviews. Now to the actors, Rogen has had so manny films showing he’s a great comedy actor; Superbad, Knocked Up, 40 Year old Virgin, Pineapple Express, 50/50, Paul, Monsters vs Aliens, This is the End. Sure he has had some flops like Green Hornet, but everyone does. Now, Hart is pure gold. Absolutely hilarious, he just hasn’t chosen the best filmmakers/films. He carries every movie he’s in on his back.

      • Five Year Engagement and Forgetting Sarah Marshall were great movies with original laughs not just gimmicks, they both took sub par plots and turned them into hilarious movies.

        And Dazz your entitled to your opinion but it is pretty funny how most of your opinions are heavily in the minority yet you state them as if everyone and their mama agrees.

  7. Did some digging. The 1940s is way off for the first black and white police partners. There were two black lieutenants in the LAPD in the early 40s. One even has a decent story for a loose adaptation.

    “Earl C. Broady. Broady, a former mail carrier, also advanced to the rank of lieutenant on the same day as Washington, leaving Newton Street Division with two Black watch commanders. The Department reacted by creating an early morning “all black” watch for Washington and Broady to supervise.

    During the middle of his probationary period, however, Broady was demoted to patrolman without cause or an official hearing. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to regain his position, Broady resigned from the Department in 1945 at the age of 42. He attended law school and was later appointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. Washington made history again in 1949 when he became the first African-American watch commander to oversee White officers.” http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/47101

    Kevin Hart could play Broady and Rogan could play one of the beat cops he supervised that he gets partnered with. Or something like that. Otherwise the film will need to be set further back than 1940 if it is set in LA. Maybe the 1920s or 30s. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/16/local/la-me-officer-williams16-2010jan16

  8. Did some digging. The 1940s is way off for the first black and white police partners. There were two black lieutenants in the LAPD in the early 40s. One even has a decent story for a loose adaptation.

    “Earl C. Broady. Broady, a former mail carrier, also advanced to the rank of lieutenant on the same day as Washington, leaving Newton Street Division with two Black watch commanders. The Department reacted by creating an early morning “all black” watch for Washington and Broady to supervise.

    During the middle of his probationary period, however, Broady was demoted to patrolman without cause or an official hearing. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to regain his position, Broady resigned from the Department in 1945 at the age of 42. He attended law school and was later appointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. Washington made history again in 1949 when he became the first African-American watch commander to oversee White officers.” http://www.lapdonline.org/home/content_basic_view/47101

  9. Rogan: maybe the worst of all time.

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