Cedric to produce family pic with manager Rhone, Hall
HOLLYWOOD — Cedric the Entertainer has inked a seven-figure deal with Fox Searchlight to star in and produce a family comedy feature.Cedric (“The Original Kings of Comedy”) pitched the as-yet-untitled project to the studio with sibling scribes Todd and Richey Jones (“The Hughleys”). While the plot is still being finalized, pic will portray the perils of parenting in today’s complex world. Cedric will star as a father with several kids including a truculent teen daughter. He will also produce the pic with manager Eric Rhone and Paul Hall. Searchlight exec veep of production Claudia Lewis and director of production Lawrence Grey are overseeing the project for the studio. A longtime small-screen regular on “The Steve Harvey Show” and more recently a Budweiser pitchman, CAA-repped Cedric is a regular at Fox. His credits at the studio include “Big Momma’s House,” “Dr. Dolittle 2″ and Searchlight’s “Kingdom Come.” He next appears in Mandalay Pictures’ “Servicing Sara” and MGM’s “Barbershop” with Ice Cube.