Fatherhood is an upcoming drama film featuring Kevin Hart and directed by Paul Weitz. The film is based on the 2011 New York Times bestseller ‘Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love’ written by Matthew Logelin. The memoir documents his coming to terms with the sudden death of his wife and having to raise his daughter as a single parent. The book was first supposed to be adopted in 2015, with Channing Tatum set to star in and produce the project. In 2019, it was eventually announced that Kevin Hart would be starring in the movie, with the screenplay written by Paul Weitz and Dana Stevens.
The recently released trailer and all official press releases confirm that the film’s plot will closely follow the memoir it is based on. The film is also the first foray of comedian Kevin Harts into more dramatic and serious roles; the trailer shows both lighthearted moments and some of the more serious, dramatic elements from the source material.
The trailer shows Kevin Hart as Matt, a recently widowed father who is now faced with the daunting task of raising his daughter. The trailer montage shows Hart struggling through a series of firsts – first hairstyles, the first day of school, and doing his best to be there for his child. If the trailer is anything to go by, the film promises to be a moving and touching portrayal of parenthood.
The project is also the latest offering from Higher Ground Productions, the production company launched by former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. This film is part of the multi-project deal signed by the production house with Netflix to showcase diverse voices and stories in the entertainment industry.
The film features diverse talent, including Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, De Wanda Wise, Melody Hurd, and Paul Reiser.
Fatherhood Release Date
The release date of the film was initially announced to be April 3, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, caused multiple delays, causing the release date to be pushed to April 2021. Finally, Netflix acquired the distribution rights of the film from Sony Pictures and confirmed a release date of June 18, 2021