Chris Rock is in serious talks to host the 88th Academy Awards, Variety has learned, with an official announcement expected shortly.
A spokesman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences declined to comment.
Rock is no stranger to Hollywood's biggest event of the year, having previously hosted the Oscars in 2005. The veteran comedian has also worked with new Oscar co-producer Reginald Hudlin, who directed the pilot of the Rock's popular but now defunct TV series "Everybody Hates Chris."
On Sept. 1, the Academy named Hudlin and David Hill as producers of next year's ceremony after ratings sharply fell 16% for the 2015 telecast, hosted by Neil Patrick...