Josh Rottenberg
May 18, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Chris Rock will soon be on screen quite a bit — over the next few months you’ll see him in the comedies What to Expect When You’re Expecting (out May 18) and 2 Days in New York (out Aug. 10) and hear him as the voice of Marty the zebra in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (out June 8) — but later this year he’s planning to get back in the director’s chair. The comedian, who made his directorial debut with 2003’s Head of State, is keeping a lid on the plot of his new big-screen comedy for now, but he says that unlike his 2007 film I Think I Love My Wife, which was a remake of the 1972 French dramedy Chloe in the Afternoon, this one will be from his own original script: ”We didn’t buy the rights to anything. I’m going to get into it and get dirty.” Rock is developing the project with producer Scott Rudin, with whom he worked on last year’s Tony-nominated Broadway play The Motherf**ker With the Hat. ”Scott is a very protective producer,” Rock says. ”A lot of times when you’re doing comedy, you end up with a consensus, not with a vision. Hopefully, Scott will help me make my vision.”

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