The 42-year-old comedian will team up with director F. Gary Gray — the brain behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious, among several other films — on the hotly-anticipated movie, which will begin production at the beginning of next year. Hart will depict a high-profile thief who is tempted by his ex-girlfriend and the FBI into completing an impossible heist on a Boeing 777 flight from London to Zurich.
The movie will be produced by Simon Kinberg and Audrey Chon for Genre Pictures, Matt Reeves and Adam Kassan for 6th & Idaho and Hart and Brian Smiley for HartBeat Productions. Lift will be created under Hart and HartBeat Productions’ exclusive creative deal with Netflix, which currently includes the production of a comedy movie, titled Me Time, starring Mark Wahlberg and Regina Hall.
“Partnering with Netflix is an amazing opportunity for HartBeat and myself. I am excited to act in and produce cutting-edge films with Netflix,” Hard said of the deal. “I am extremely grateful to Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber, we share the same creative vision and always put the audience first. The business is about growth and my HartBeat team continues to exceed my expectations with their ability to develop stories and relationships. Our goal is to make the HartBeat name synonymous with first-class entertainment and narratives.”
Further cast and plot details for Lift have not yet been announced.
Elsewhere in entertainment, Eddie Murphy has inked a three-picture and first-look film deal with Amazon Studios.