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Melissa McCarthy is in negotiations to star opposite Tiffany Haddish in The Kitchen, New Line Cinema’s adaptation of the DC/Vertigo crime book, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Andrea Berloff, who earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Straight Outta Compton, is making her directorial debut with the female-driven mob drama.
The Kitchen is an Irish mafia story set in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, in the 1970s. When the FBI does a sweep of the mob, several men are arrested. Their wives end up taking over and running the business much more viciously than the men ever did.
The project adapts the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. Berloff wrote the script.
While having two star comediennes in the top roles would seem to indicate New Line is taking a comedy approach to the story, The Kitchen is offering McCarthy and Haddish a chance to show their dramatic chops.
McCarthy next appears in the New Line comedy Life of the Party, which opens May 11.
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