Following a major bidding war, Paramount has secured the rights to the Chris Rock comedy, Top Five, after the film premiered to an enthusiastic reception at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 6. Terms are being negotiated. The project has received rave reviews.
The film, in which Rock not only stars in but also wrote and directed, centers on Andre Allen, a comedian who is attempting to transition into a career as a serious actor. In the midst of Andre’s reinvention, his fiancée Erica (Gabrielle Union) convinces him to broadcast their wedding on her reality show. Considering that his career has been built on movies in which he dresses as a bear and plays a ridiculous character named Hammy, it’s understandable that Andre is anxious to change his image.
The film features a number of popular stand-up comics turned actors, including Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Sherri Shepherd, Tracy Morgan and Cedric The Entertainer.
This picture marks the third time Rock has written, directed and starred in a movie. The first two were Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife.