KEVIN HART SETS FIRST POST-JUMANJI FEATURE: Kevin Hart is juggling multiple projects right now (including a live-action Monopoly movie just announced last week), and now he’s signed on for another. After finishing the sequel to Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hart will re-team with the studio on Fatherhood from About a Boy director Paul Weitz, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on a memoir by Matt Logelin titled Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love; it follows the story of a man whose wife dies just after childbirth leaving him with a daughter to raise on his own. "When I started reading this script, I was immediately touched and brought to tears," says Hart. "At HartBeat, we seek to provide the audience with stories that evoke true emotions and this story does just that. Our hope is to bring honor to the Logelin family, and we are thrilled to be working with Sony, Paul, Temple Hill and Free Association on such an incredible project."
KEEGAN MICHAEL-KEY, JOHN LEGUIZAMO BOARD PLAYING WITH FIRE: John Leguizamo and Keegan-Michael Key are joining the party in Playing With Fire. John Cena, Brianna Hildebrand and Judy Greer are already on board for the Paramount Players project, which follows fire fighters tasked with watching three wild kids on Christmas vacation. The film is set for March of 2020.
MADELAINE PETSCH TO STAR, EXEC PRODUCE CLARE AT 16: Riverdale star Madeleine Petsch will star in and executive produce the comedy horror film Clare at 16, which is based on an upcoming Don Roff novel. Mark Pavia (The Night Flier) will write the adaptation and direct. The story follows a high school student who has to live with her grandparents after being orphaned. Her upset life gets crazier when evil invades her grandparents’ small town and she is the only one brave enough to fight it.
YOU PERFORMS WELL FOR NETFLIX AFTER FALTERING ON LIFETIME: The Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail-starring You has done very well for Netflix after struggling on Lifetime, the streamer reveals. The thriller averaged 1.1 million viewers (and only 611,000 in same-day ratings) during its run on cable in the fall, but is reportedly on pace to be viewed by 40 million accounts in its first four weeks, Netflix revealed. Newbie Sex Education (it premiered last Friday) is on the same track.