EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros want to be on a long laugh track with its Cop Out star, Tracy Morgan. The 30 Rock co-star has just made a deal to star in ID Theft, a comedy that casts him as a cash-strapped father who sees a shortcut out of his struggles when the credit card of a suburban dad lands in his lap. The script is being written by Colin Jost and Rob Klein, from an original pitch by Kristofor Brown. Morgan has given his own notes to the screenwriters, and 3 Arts and American Work are producing.
Paramount separately has Morgan set to star with TJ Miller in Freshman Roommates, and is negotiating with the Blades of Glory team John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky to write the next draft because original writers John Mulaney and Nick Kroll were booked.
Morgan’s movie momentum has been a slow build, compared to many fellow Saturday Night Live alums whose careers flamed out after one film–especially those who starred in feature expansions of SNL skits. I always thought Morgan was underutilized during a period of SNL where the casts included Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Cheri Oteri, Horatio Sanz and Jimmy Fallon. Morgan smartly followed head writer Tina Fey to 30 Rock, and the show has allowed Fey, Alec Baldwin and now Morgan to stay in New York and be selective about hiatus films.