Melissa McCarthy is joining last year’s breakout Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish in New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment’s THE KITCHEN, based on the Vertigo Comics comic by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff is writing and directing the movie.
The original comic, published in 2014, was about a group of mobster wives who take over the family business when their Irish mobster husbands are sent to jail.
Michael de Luca is producing Berloff’s feature directorial debut, which presumably will take a more comedic turn from the comics based on the casting so far.
Haddish signed on to The Kitchen back in November.
McCarthy has been taking a break from films after 2016’s Ghosbusters remake, but she has the comedy Life of the Party, co-written and directed by husband Ben Falcone, opening on Mother’s Day with a new trailer just released.
She also has the upcoming STXfilms comedy The Happytime Murders being released on August 17 and is developing the film Margie Clause from Falcone’s script with Damon Jones, also for New Line.
McCarthy is a hard-working comedy actress who appeared on the show Gilmore Girls before being cast in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids for which she was nominated for an Oscar. McCarthy then went on to star in the CBS comedy Mike & Molly, and she’s an exec. producer on the TV Land show Nobodies, on which she also appears as herself.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor