Fatherhood: Sony’s Kevin Hart-directed Drama Heading to Netflix
According to Deadline, Netflix and Sony Pictures have officially teamed up for a new licensing deal for the worldwide distribution rights for the upcoming drama film titled Paternity. Originally slated for theatrical release in April 2021, the Kevin Hart-directed feature is now set to debut on Netflix on June 18, just in time for Father’s Day. Additionally, Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, also signed on to produce the project.
The project also marks the latest collaboration between Hart and Netflix after Hart’s HartBeat Productions signed a global deal with the streamer earlier this year. However, Paternity will not form part of this exclusive agreement as it will be subject to an independent license.
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Paternity is written and directed by Paul Weitz from a screenplay he co-wrote with Dana Stevens. It stars Kevin Hart (The bright side), Alfre Woodard (Cross creek), Lil Rel Howery (Get out), DeWanda Wise (She must have it), Anthony Carrigan (Barry) and Paul Reiser (Crazy of you).
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Based on Matthew Logelin’s 2011 memoir entitled Two kisses for Maddy: a memory of loss and love, the story follows Logelin as he and his daughter Madeline relocate to India for two months when his wife and mother Liz and their experiences living in another state, as well as Logelin’s struggles with solo parenting so early in Maddy’s life. Carrigan signed on to play Logelin’s eccentric best friend role.
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Paternity is produced by Hart, Marty Bowen, David Beaubaire and Peter Kiernan. It is produced by Betsy Danbury, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Bryan Smiley, Jaclyn Huntling Swatt, Isaac Klausner, Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin.
Lifetime had previously opted out for the rights to the novel in 2012 for a TV adaptation, but nothing ever came out of the project and now Sony Pictures has secured the rights to the project and has not only acquired Hart to star but also signed on Paul Weitz. (Mozart in the jungle) to direct and rewrite a majority of Dana Stevens’ (City of Angels) scenario.
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