Chris Rock Writing New Movie with Most of 'Top Five' Cast Returning
Last year brought a surprising entry in the career of Chris Rock as a leading man, writer and director. Top Five marked the comedian's best film to date, and it proved that he has some Woody Allen chops on the page and behind the camera. And now he's working to get a follow-up to that film (not a sequel) together as quickly as possible. Speaking to Complex UK (via The Guardian), Rock revealed that producer Scott Rudin is really pushing Rock to get this next film out quickly, and wants him to work at a much faster pace. Rock isn't opposed to the fast pace saying, "That is my plan. We meet every week now going over this next movie."
Rock continued, "So yeah, he wants me to work at a faster pace. I can, I guess. I like doing movies. I’m doing another one soon with a lot of the same cast." While he doesn't list who he wants back for this next film, there are two people he definitely wants back in the mix, "Some people shine in Top Five. You might want to see a little more of Leslie Jones or Tracy [Morgan], once he gets better. I think Jerry Seinfeld showed us some things we haven’t seen." So there's no indication of what this next film might deal with, but if Rock can start pumping out quality comedies at a Woody Allen pace, that would be pretty cool.
Of course, Leslie Jones is on the verge of becoming a big star. It likely hinges on how audiences react to her role in the forthcoming all-female Ghostbusters (which will also have an all-male counterpart following with Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt) from director Paul Feig. Meanwhile, Tracy Morgan is still recovering from a car accident last year, and there's a chance he might never be the same again. But we're hoping he continues to recover since both were a source of big laughs in Top Five. And if Rock can keep getting Seinfeld to do unexpected things (I won't spoil what he does in Top Five), then sign me up.