'Night School' Director Malcolm D. Lee Sets Hip-Hop Comedy 'Real Talk' at Universal (Exclusive)

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Radha Blank, who penned episodes of 'Empire' and 'She's Gotta Have It,' will write the script.

Just ahead of the opening of his Universal movie, Night School, director Malcolm D. Lee is reuniting with the studio for a new comedy.

Lee and Universal are developing Real Talk, an homage to old-school hip-hop that will be penned by Radha Blank, a writer whose credits include episodes of Empire and She’s Gotta Have it.

Based on a concept by Lee, the story tells of an old-school rapper who attempts to reunite his group to reclaim their past glory as one of the most influential hip-hop acts ever.  

Lee is attached to direct the pic and will produce via his Blackmaled Productions banner.

Blackmaled senior vp productions and development Melanie N. Clark will oversee alongside Universal executive vp production Kristin Lowe and creative executive Mika Pryce.

Lee has made a career of black-centric comedies ranging from Undercover Brother to Barbershop: The Next Cut. He last directed Universal's Girls Trip, the surprise hit that made over $115 million domestically. Night School, which stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, bows Friday.

Lee is repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw. Blank is repped by CAA and Del Shaw.