Titled True Story, the television drama will be telling a fictional story and will have Hart playing Kid, a fictional version of himself. Snipes will be playing his older brother, Carlton. The plot, according to Deadline…
A tour stop in Kid’s hometown of Philadelphia becomes a matter of life and death for one of the world’s most famous comedians when the consequences of a lost evening with his wayward older brother threaten to destroy everything he’s built.
The 8-episode series will be hitting close to home for Hart, who grew up in Philadelphia with an older brother who had stints in jail.
Hart will also be executive producing True Story under his HartBeat Productions banner. On board to write and executive produce is Eric Newman, who’s worked as producer/exec producer on Netflix content such as Narcos, Narcos: Mexico, Bright and Project Power.
The first four episodes will be directed by Stephen Williams, whose credits include Watchmen and Lost; the latter four by Hanelle Culpepper, known for Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery.
“I’ve never been more excited about an acting project in my career,” Hart said in a statement. “I’ve always been a fan of Wesley Snipes and working with him is mind-blowing. Having HartBeat Productions at the helm and working alongside Eric Newman as a partner and creative arm has been unreal, nobody is ready for what this show is going to be.”
Hart also took to social media to express his excitement:
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This will be the first television drama project for Hart. The comedian/actor has a number of projects on the horizon, including drama Fatherhood, from director Paul Weitz (About a Boy); action-comedy The Man from Toronto, co-starring Woody Harrelson; and comedy My Own Worst Enemy, reuniting him with Ride Along director Tim Story.
Snipes will next be seen in long-awaited Eddie Murphy comedy sequel Coming 2 America, hitting Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021.