Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Chris Rock is Still Winning: Paramount Pictures Picks Up His Latest Film
Chris Rock has been working overtime lately to debunk the theory that kickass comedians like himself are not just one trick ponies who are better telling jokes on stage than commanding a film--especially a drama. Which is why is why I have tons of respect for the actor who not only made his Broadway debut in "The Motherf**ker with the Hat" three years ago, but also starred alongside Julie Delpy in the hilarious 2 Days in New York--a movie in which he played completely against type as a Brooklyn hipster. At this point in his career, he can no longer be typecast as the jokester.
That said, I am happy to hear that his latest film, Top Five, which is currently making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival, was just picked up for distribution by Paramount Pictures. The film, written and directed by Rock himself, teams the actor with a star-studded cast that includes Rosario Dawson, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, and Jay Pharoah. It was produced by Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and Kanye West, with Questlove as Executive Music Producer--which means the soundtrack is awesome.
The full synopsis reads as follows: “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen (Rock), whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he's left behind.
It sounds like Rock may have tapped into his own personal journey in this film, which may make it that much more interesting to watch. The film has already earned rave reviews at the festival, and the Paramount acquisition also highlights Rock's long relationship with the studio. From the press release, Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, "Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades. This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch,"
I'll be impatiently awaiting the release date for this film. What say you?