Tiffany Haddish to star in Homecoming Queen, a comedy project, set up at Amblin Partners.
The film is inspired by Haddish’s time in Africa. She traveled to the continent thinking she was royalty, only to find out that that “royalty” means something completely different there.
Raamla Mohamed is penning the script and Haddish will produce it. Holly Bario, Amblin Partners’ president of production, and Mia Maniscalco, vp creative affairs, will oversee for the company.
There’s no director attached yet, but here’s hoping the Steven Spielberg-led studio hires a Black filmmaker behind the camera.
Before making her name on “Scandal,” Mohamad kicked off her career as a production assistant on another Shonda Rhimes show: “Grey’s Anatomy.” She also worked as a medical researcher on Shondaland’s “Off the Map” before joining “Scandal” as a researcher in Season 1.
Mohamed then joined the Disney-ABC Writing Program and returned to Scandal. She joined the writing staff for season 2 as a Disney fellow. She then rose through the ranks to Supervising Producer for the series’ seventh and final season. Mohamed also worked as a writer on Still Star Crossed.
Mohamed also has an overall deal with ABC Studios and is currently co-writing an HBO pilot with Issa Rae about affluent black teenagers in Los Angeles.
Haddish recently starred opposite Rose Byrne in the comedy Like a Boss and the ill-fated crime drama The Kitchen. She’s also starred opposite Tika Sumpter in Nobody’s Fool and Kevin Hart in Night Scool. She had her big feature-film break in Girl’s Trip opposite Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah.