Seth Rogen Buddy-Cop Comedy in Development at Paramount
Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart will star in the story of the (fictional) pairing of the first interracial police partnership.
Paramount confirms it has acquired an untitled buddy cop project with the actors attached to star, as a pitch from Rodney Rothman, who now write the script.
Rogen and his partner at Point Grey Pictures, Evan Goldberg, will produce along with Rothman, who first worked with Rogen on the critically acclaimed but short-lived TV series Undeclared. Rothman is also part of the Judd Apatow comedy crew and was a producer on Get Him to the Greek and the upcoming Five-Year Engagement. (Hart, who will exec produce the police comedy, also appears in the latter.)
The action comedy aims to be the “original” buddy cop comedy by having Rogen and Hart be the first white and black cop duo in a story set post-World War II, in the late 1940s. The pair go undercover in the jazz scene to bust up a ring involving marijuana (no surprise there, since Rogen is involved.)
This is the second recent Paramount project for Rogen. The Guilt Trip, a road trip comedy which also stars Barbra Streisand, is the first. Most of Rogen’s movies have been with Universal and Columbia.