Mike Epps and Katt Williams are combining their comedic skills to star in The House Next Door, a comedy sequel to the 2016 indie horror comedy Meet the Blacks. The collaboration will be the first reunion for Epps and Williams, since their last pairing in New Line’s 2002 film Friday After Next.
Epps will reprise his role as Carl Black. In the original film, Carl Black moved his family from Chicago to Beverly Hills during the city’s annual timeframe where all crime is legal, known as the 12-hour purge.
In the sequel, Black is best-selling author under stress when he relocates his family to his childhood to find peace to write his next book. Williams will play an extravagant pimp who moves next door to Black, and Black becomes convinced his new neighbor is a vampire-focused on stealing Black’s family.
Shooting for The House Next Door will kick up next week in Atlanta. The sequel will also bring back castmembers from the first film – Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, Andrew Bachelor (aka King Bach), Michael Blackson, Lil Duval and Tyrin Turner.
Deon Taylor, who directed Meet the Blacks, will return for the sequel as director, with producing partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith. Epps is also producing under his Naptown Productions company, and Williams will get an executive producer credit.