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Codeblack snags next Kevin Hart concert film, Summit plots July 4 release
Codeblack snags next Kevin Hart concert film, Summit plots July 4 release

By Lucas Shaw

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Codeblack Films has acquired Kevin Hart's concert film, "Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain," which Summit plans to release in theaters over the July 4 weekend.

Hart's 2012 tour spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, selling more than 540,000 tickets. He stopped at some of the world's biggest venues, including Madison Square Garden and London's O2 Arena.

"Let Me Explain is my best work to date," Hart said in a statement. "I am beyond excited by how my fans will be able to see my growth as a stand-up comedian from my first special I'm a Grown Little Man until now," Hart said in a statement.

Hart has built himself into one of the most successful comedians working today, combining stand-up, acting roles and hosting duties at various awards shows.

He starred in 2012's "Think Like A Man," which was a surprise box office hit for Sony's ScreenGems label with a $96 million worldwide haul. Codeblack partnered with Hart on his last concert film, "Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain," which grossed $7.7 million in limited release.

Lionsgate, owner of Summit, made a deal with Jeff Clanagan in May to bring Codeblack under its corporate umbrella. Clanagan founded Codeblack to make movies, TV shows and other entertainment properties for black or "urban" audiences.

"I am very excited about working with Kevin on his next stand up film," Clanagan said in a statement. "We laid the groundwork with Laugh at My Pain. Let me Explain will show Kevin's growth as a comedian and entrepreneur as well as his global appeal."

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