Two of the funniest actresses in the world are teaming up for what’s expected to be a hard-edged mob movie based on a DC Comics title.
Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy are finalizing deals to star in The Kitchen, based on comic by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, published through DC’s Vertigo imprint. Andrea Berloff, who co-wrote Straight Outta Compton, is writing the screenplay and making the film her feature directing debut.
The Kitchen is set in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, and tells the story of three women who take over their husband’s mob activities when their husbands are sent to jail. And if people thought the men were bad, the women are even more brutal.
Haddish and McCarthy are obviously talented actresses, but their penchant for comedy certainly makes you wonder if New Line Cinema is going to stay true to the R-rated, dramatic nature of the comics or give the story a comedic spin. Hypothetically, the premise lends itself to that. However, Berloff’s involvement feels like the biggest clue that’s not the case. Not only did she work on Straight Outta Compton, she wrote Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and the Jamie Foxx remake Sleepless. The laughs are few and far between in those films so it seems highly likely Masters and Doyle’s hard-boiled world will be recreated faithfully.