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Kevin Hart is producing with an eye fixed to star within the comedy “Extreme Job,” an English-language remake of a Korean field workplace smash, and Universal Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to the movie.

Last March, “Extreme Job” grew to become the very best grossing movie of all time in South Korea, taking in $127 million in what was 14 occasions higher than the movie’s finances. CJ Entertainment, the Korean leisure conglomerate that made the unique comedy, is creating and producing the English-language remake together with Hart’s HartBeat manufacturing banner.

Tracy Oliver (“Girls Trip,” “Little”) is on board to adapt the screenplay a few workforce of narcotics detectives who go undercover in a fried rooster joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But issues take an surprising flip when the detectives’ rooster recipe out of the blue transforms the rundown restaurant into the most popular eatery on the town.

Hart is producing on behalf of HartBeat, and Francis Chung, the corporate’s head of U.S. Production, is producing on behalf of CJ Entertainment. Oliver can also be a producer. Jerry Ko, head of worldwide at CJ, is govt producing.

Fred Lee, CJ Entertainment’s Los Angeles-based director of improvement, and Ini Chung, CJ’s Seoul-based director of improvement, are co-producing and can oversee improvement of the venture with HartBeat’s Carli Haney.

“Extreme Job” would be the second collaboration between Hart, CJ and Universal on an English-language remake of a Korean movie. Hart and CJ are at the moment creating the female-driven dramedy, “Bye, Bye, Bye” at Universal. Amy Aniobi is writing the script centered on a bunch of grownup buddies who reunite 20 years after highschool, primarily based on the 2011 Korean movie “Sunny.”

“Once ‘Extreme Job’ became such a phenomenon in Korea, we knew we had to partner up with powerhouses for the U.S. version,” Chung stated in a press release. “With Universal, Kevin Hart and Tracy Oliver on board, we know this project is in the savvy hands of hit-makers who turn films into cultural events.”

“At Hartbeat, we are always seeking fun projects that tell a story for worldwide audiences, and we could not be more excited to be a part of this one,” Hart stated in a press release. “Tracy Oliver is such an incredible writer who will surely bring this story to life. We are so thrilled to be working with Universal and CJ Entertainment, who’s still helping me achieve my goal of becoming a K-Pop star.”

“The concept of this film is so unique and Universal Pictures is the perfect home to help bring it to a global audience,” Oliver stated in a press release.  “I look forward to collaborating once again with their teams.”

Adam Mehr of Pryor Cashman negotiated the “Extreme Job” deal on behalf of CJ Entertainment. James Adams negotiated on behalf of Hart and Kim Stenton negotiated on behalf of Oliver.

Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Schreck Rose. Oliver is represented by ICM, Artists First, and Myman Greenspan.

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