Freshman writer-director Millicent Shelton is set to ride “I-95,” helming the hip-hop comedy produced by Reginald and Warrington Hudlin for Miramax Films.
Principal photography is slated to begin June 7 in Jacksonville, Fla., Miami and New York.
Malik Yoba, who stars in the Fox TV series “New York Undercover,” has been cast to star in the film, which follows the hijinx of a group of kids from Harlem who travel by bus to Miami to appear as extras in a music video.
Shelton has developed the project with the Hudlin brothers — whose “House Party” and “House Party II” are credited with creating the hip-hop, party film genre — from her original screenplay, formerly known as “Bus Ride.”
While “I-95” has been developed under a production agreement the Hudlins struck with Miramax in 1995, according to sources, there’s a possibility the film will be released under Miramax’s Dimension Films banner.
Miramax/Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein and head of production Cary Granat are credited with championing the pic on behalf of the Gotham-based company.
Neither Miramax nor Dimension could be reached for comment.
Shelton comes to Hollywood via the music video directing ranks. She also worked as a P.A. on “Enemies, A Love Story” and on Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”
Shelton was repped by her manager, Rich Silverman of 3 Arts Entertainment; agent Sandy Weinberg at Paradigm; and attorney Nina Shaw at Del, Rubel, Shaw, Mason & Derin.