5:00pm PT by Rick Porter
Kevin Hart Comedy 'Night School' Based on Movie Snags NBC Pilot Order
Kevin Hart is going back to Night School.
The comedian is executive producing an NBC comedy based on the 2018 movie he co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Tiffany Haddish. The network has given a pilot order to the project, which hails from Universal TV.
Similar to the film, the potential series will follow a mix of adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience and find themselves helping each other both inside and out of the classroom.
Chris Moynihan (NBC's Marlon) is writing the multicamera comedy and will executive produce with Hart, Will Packer, Sheila Ducksworth and Malcolm D. Lee. Packer produced and Lee directed the film.
Universal TV is producing the pilot along with Hart's Hartbeat Productions, Will Packer Media and Moynihan's Bicycle Path Productions. Bryan Smiley and Tiffany Brown will oversee for Hartbeat.
Universal Pictures' Night School opened in September 2018 and made better than $27 million on its opening weekend on its way to a $103 million worldwide gross against a $29 million budget.
Hart's recent credits as a producer include the Netflix docuseries Don't F**k This Up, FXX's upcoming comedy Dave and CBS' game show TKO: Total Knock Out (which he also hosted). Packer also has a long-standing relationship with Universal, which in addition to Night School released Girls Trip and Little.
Lee is repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw.
Night School joins an NBC development slate that includes Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's straight-to-series comedy starring Ted Danson and Holly Hunter; a multicam comedy from The Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino; the esports comedy The Squad from Johnny Galecki; a rom-com from Larry Wilmore and comedian London Hughes; dramas based on the movies St. Elmo's Fire and Serendipity; and dramas from Amy Poehler, Julie Plec and Supergirl showrunners Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner.