Published On: Wed, Mar 19th, 2014

Etan Cohen to make his directing debut in Get Hard.

Cohen, one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming screenwriters, will not only been involved in writing the screenplay for Get Hard, but will be wearing the director’s hat for the first time.  

Etan Cohen

Etan Cohen, one of Hollywood’s up-and-coming screenwriters has made his  debut as a film director, working with two of Hollywood’s hottest stars Will Ferrell and  Kevin Hart in the  comedy “ Get Hard, ”.

In Get Hard, Will Ferrell plays James King  a wealthy investment bank manager who is framed for a white collar crime and sentenced to a long stretch in the maximum-security wing of San Quentin prison, with just 30 days to get his affairs in order before the prison gates close on him for a very long time.

In fear of how the rest of the prison inmates, not known for their friendliness to white-collar criminals,  King, prompted by his fiancee, played by Alison Brie,  approaches an ostensibly streetwise car wash worker Darnell Lewis, played by Hart  to help him  to toughen up and “ Get Hard”  for a long spell behind bars.

Unfortunately for  King,  Darnell Lewis (Hart)  is not the tough nut ex- con that he appears, in fact, he is a hard-working member of the community who has never received as much as a parking ticket, and  never seen the inside of a  prison. An excellent comedy of errors situation which Ferrell, as ever, makes the best of, ably abetted by Kevin Hart and Alison Brie, who was only added to the script at the last minute by Cohen, to add some romantic interest.

Get Hard is scheduled to open nationwide on in the spring of  2015.

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Etan Cohen was  born in Israel  later moving to the United States. Cohen went to graduate from Harvard College, where he honed his writing skills  by writing  for the College’s famous  Lampoon magazine.

Etan’s first professional writing assignment came in 1995, where he was a member of the writing team behind Mike Judge’s   Beavis and Butthead animated TV series, where he was wrote under the name of Ethan Cohen. For the next ten years, Cohen was involved solely in writing screenplay for a number of television series, mostly animated, including King of the Hill, from 2001 to 2005 and later on  the hit series, American Dad.


Cohen made his feature film writing debut in 2006 Idiocracy, a  satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge Two years later Etan worked  with Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux to co-write the screenplay for  the action-comedy film Tropic Thunder.

After going solo, Etan Cohen has also been involved in a writing  number of major screenplays, including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,  Men in Black 3, Candy Land, The Fiance and Project A.

Apart from his screenplay and directing role in Get Hard, Cohen is currently writing the script for Ghostbusters 3 due for release in 2015.


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