Sullivan takes chair on ‘Barbershop 2’

Cube, Cedric the Entertainer to reprise roles

Kevin Sullivan, who directed Fox’s “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” has been tapped to helm MGM’s urban laffer “Barbershop 2.”

Sullivan will replace Tim Story, who ankled the director’s chair earlier this month to helm the DreamWorks comedy “Date Story” (Daily Variety, April 3).

The Lion is hoping to begin production on “Barbershop 2” in July, with the pic ready for release toward the end of the year. Original, produced for $12 million, lathered up a surprise $76 million for the Lion last year.

Stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer will return for the sequel, which will revisit a barbershop on the South Side of Chicago. Don D. Scott, one of the first pic’s trio of screenwriters, is handling scripting duties.

State Street’s Bob Teitel and George Tillman will produce “Barbershop 2” with former MGM exec Alex Gartner. Cube and producing partner Matt Alvarez will serve as exec producers on the project via shingle Cube Vision. MGM execs Eric Paquette and Toby Jaffe are overseeing the sequel at the Lion.

Sullivan, who is repped by Endeavor and Armstrong Hirsh, is currently attached to direct the Will Smith/Ryan Phillippe-produced drama “White Boy Shuffle” for Intermedia Films.

His other directing credits include Showtime telepic “Conviction” and episodes of several TV series, including “The West Wing,” “Ed,” “Watching Ellie” and “The Guardian.”

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