Queen of comedy
Posted 06.20.07 by reelz
While promoting her upcoming musical comedy Hairspray in Beverly Hills this week, Queen Latifah announced plans to star in a remake of All of Me--the 1894 comedy in which Lily Tomlin stars as a wealthy woman whose spirit is accidentally transported into and takes over half of Steve Martin's body when she dies.
The remake, which will be done for New Line, will be the third time she has worked with director/producer/choreographer Adam Shankman, who directed her in both Hairspray and Bringing Down the House.
"Me and Adam, we click, man. That's my boy. He's crazy, and so am I. So we work well together," said Latifah, who will be taking over the Lily Tomlin role.
"I got the cush job," she enthused.
As of now, Shankman is signed on to co-produce with Latifah; whether or not he will also direct remains to be seen.
No other casting has been announced yet. "We're hearing a bunch of pitches. We're supposed to pick a writer next week," explained Latifah.
There are lots of good comedians that the Steve Martin part could go to, but we think they should push the creativity envelope a little. How about giving Christian Bale or Ralph Fiennes a shot at showing their comedy chops? Or Shia LaBeouf? He’s hot right now.
Better yet, perhaps Harrison Ford could be inhabited by her spirit. And we haven’t seen anything from Keanu Reeves in a while. Jackie Mason? Chow Yun Fat? Steven Seagal? Mike Tyson says he's looking to get into movies...