'All' in: Latifah, Shankman, NL
EmptyQueen Latifah and Adam Shankman are reteaming to do a remake of the Steve Martin-Lily Tomlin comedy "All of Me" for New Line Cinema.
Latifah is attached to star and will exec produce, while Shankman will produce with his Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot. He is not attached to direct at this time.
Released by Universal in 1984, "All of Me" was one of the comedies Martin did with director Carl Reiner. One of the better entries in the body-switching genre, the story centered on a dying spoiled heiress (Tomlin) whose soul ends up in the body of a lawyer (Martin). She controls the right side of his body while he controls the left, which causes friction and comedy.
The new take would see the movie set in the world of politics, where a female Jesse Jackson-type finds herself in the body of a conservative.
The project is out to writers.
Ira Posansky, who held the rights, also is producing. Latifah's partner-manager Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit Entertainment also is exec producing.
Posansky set up the project at New Line, which then turned to Offspring.
"When New Line told us that they wanted to remake it with an African-American actress in the role, we said it's got to be Latifah," Gibgot said. "Adam adores her and thinks she's great with physical comedy, and as it happens, she wants to go back to doing physical comedy."
The project marks Latifah and Shankman's third project together. Latifah is starring as Motormouth Maybelle in Shankman's adaptation of "Hairspray," which New Line releases in July. Their first collaboration was the 2003 hit comedy "Bringing Down the House," which also starred Martin.
Latifah is repped by WMA and attorney Stewart Levy. Shankman and Offspring are repped by UTA attorney Alan Hergott.