When we first heard that comedic powerhouses Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell were planning on teaming up for a project called Get Hard, all that we knew about it was that it was coming from a pitch Key & Peele showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel gave to Warner Bros, and that it would likely star Farrell as a yuppie investment banker who was being sent to prison and Hart as the street tough who he hires to teach him how to handle life on the inside.
Well, today Get Hard is back in the news, and not only does it appear that the script is getting close to being done, but it also appears that a first time feature director whose name you nonetheless probably know has been hired to come on board and direct. Oh, and also a little bit more has been revealed about the lead characters. Apparently Farrell is innocent of the crime he’s going to jail for and Hart starts off the film as the guy who cleans Farrell’s car. Let’s get to the stuff about the director though.
According to Variety, Idiocracy and Tropic Thunder writer Etan Cohen has been hired to helm the film. While Cohen has a long history as a comedy writer both in TV and on the big screen, so far all he’s done as a director is a 2007 short called My Wife is Retarded. Before he got this gig though, he was already hired to direct another upcoming Will Ferrell vehicle—the one where he plays a divorced guy trying to sabotage his ex-wife’s new marriage, called Daddy’s Home—so it would appear that somebody over at Gary Sanchez has quite a bit of confidence in his abilities.
Whether Get Hard or Daddy’s Home will end up being his first feature seems to be a matter that’s still up in the air though. Hart is maybe the most successful standup on the planet at this point, and is a performer who’s becoming increasingly sought-after in the movie world as well, so if Warners wants to get him and Ferrell together on the same shoot it’s likely that they would have to push this one into production pretty quickly.