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.