Kevin Hart is set to star in and exec produce an action-comedy series heading to upcoming U.S. streaming service Quibi, which will hold short-form shows with “quick bite” episodes of around 10 minutes in length.
The series, titled Die Hart (formally titled Action Scene) now has its co-star: John Travolta, marking his return to television after his Emmy-nominated role as Robert Shapiro in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The plot will find Hart playing a fictional version of himself. Tired of being a comedic sidekick, he jumps at the chance to become an action star. But before he can star in the action project, he’s told he must first take part in the world’s greatest action star school, which will help get him ready for his new career move. It won’t be easy, considering the action school coach (Travolta) is a lunatic, there’s a tough-minded rival student, and the action sequences he’s practicing with are downright insane.
The inspiration for the series is the comedic action sequence that opened Hart’s 2016 concert movie What Now?, starring Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Ed Helms. Hart created the sequence with Jeff Clanagan, who is also on board as an executive producer on Die Hart. The series is written by Tripper Clancy and Derek Kolstad, with direction to come from Eric Appel (Silicon Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Production on Die Hart is set to begin next week.