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Comedy superstars Mike Epps and Katt Williams are teaming up to star in the urban comedy The House Next Door, a sequel to the 2016 indie horror comedy Meet the Blacks.
Deon Taylor, who directed Blacks, is directing and producing with partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith. Epps is also producing via his Naptown Productions shingle.
Epps starred in Blacks and is reprising his role as Carl Black, who, in the original film, moved his family from Chicago to Beverly Hills only to find out it was the city’s annual 12-hour purge, a timeframe where all crime is legal.
In the new movie, which begins shooting next week in Atlanta, Black is now an over-stressed but best-selling author who moves his family to his childhood home so he can find peace to write his new book. But when an extravagant pimp (Williams) moves into the neighborhood, Black becomes convinced that the man is actually a vampire bent on stealing his family.
Original castmembers returning for the sequel include Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, social media star Andrew Bachelor (aka King Bach), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner.
Epps’ Naptown producing partner Niles Kirchner is executive producing, as is Williams.
The pairing of Epps and Williams marks a reunion for the two comedians who last starred together in New Line’s 2002 Friday After Next.
Epps recently wrapped The Trap, a comedy he wrote and stars in with Queen Latifah and Tip Harris. He is also one of the producers on the recently wrapped film. He is repped by CAA, Primary Wave Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Williams’ next big-screen appearance will be in Father Figures, an Owen Wilson and Ed Helms comedy that opens in December.
Taylor is a prolific filmmaker who has several movies in post, including the thriller Traffik, which stars Paula Patton and Missi Pyle, and Motivated Seller, starring Dennis Quaid. He also produced the comedy All-Star Weekend, which stars Jamie Foxx. Taylor works on his movies with Smith, his longtime partner who is the founder of Vista Equity Partners.
Williams and Taylor are both repped by ICM Partners, which will handle worldwide sales of the film.
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