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Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s hit comedy Black-ish, has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox.
Barris will develop a feature film project for the studio under his newly established production banner, Khalabo Ink Society.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Kenya,” said Stacey Snider, who recently took over for Jim Gianopulos as chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film. “He is a creator with an incredibly authentic voice — at a time when original storytellers are more valuable than ever.”
Barris currently has another overall deal with ABC Studios, where he will continue to develop new ideas for network, cable and streaming series.
“As we expand our comedic franchise we at Khalabo Ink Society are overjoyed to have found a partner in Fox, that shares our same sentiment in storytelling,” said Barris in a statement.
The writer recently penned the franchise feature Barbershop: The Next Cut, which grossed over $55 million at the global box office. He co-wrote the upcoming Universal road trip comedy Girls Trip, which is set to star Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall, is currently developing a Shaft remake and is set to pen a feature based on the TV show Good Times for Sony.
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