Captain Underpants

Thanks to Ride Along, Kevin Hart can do whatever he damn well pleases. With a cool $47.8M, the buddy-cop flick nearly doubled its budget in a single weekend, and as a plus, it’s also the highest-grossing film to ever open on a Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. So if it wasn’t already official (which it probably should be, given Hart already walloped the box office with his stand-up concert film Let Me Explain and currently has at least three more films slated for 2014), it’s now become law: Kevin Hart is the film equivalent of a large sack with a dollar sign on it. The comedian has wasted absolutely no time in capitalizing on Ride Along‘s success. MLK day was yesterday, and today Hart’s found himself another starring role: one of the leads in Dreamworks‘ upcoming Captain Underpants movie. Sure, it might seem a little strange at first. Hart is huge right now, and the first thing he stakes his name to is an animated film based on a 17 year-old book series? Featuring characters like “Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants?” A film from Rob Letterman and Nick Stoller, the creative team behind the Jack Black-starring Gulliver’s Travels?

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Underpants

Adding to the ranks of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Fahrenheit 451,” and “The Great Gatsby” comes “Captain Underpants,” the most banned book of 2012. Yes, the immensely popular children’s book by Dave Pilkey about a superhero in tighty-whiteys was deemed too controversial for our children’s fragile, developing minds by many a Concerned Mom. So naturally, DreamWorks is adapting it into a film with Monsters vs. Aliens‘ Rob Letterman set to direct. The book, first released in 1997, follows two fourth graders who write an underground comic book about an awesome superhero named Captain Underpants. Through the power of a 3D hypno ring from a joke company, the twosome accidentally hypnotize their mean principal into thinking he’s their titular hero. Much to their distress, he strips down to his undies and procures a cape, and begins fighting crime in their small town. It’s up to them to figure out how to turn him back into his normal form. The film has Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted scribe Nicholas Stoller on as writer, meaning this should be a smart, silly caper that both kids and adults will find amusing. Who doesn’t love fart jokes? [Animation Magazine]

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