Wayne Wang is negotiating to direct Queen Latifah in Paramount’s remake of “Last Holiday.”
Production is slated to begin this fall.
Talks have launched for Wang to direct Latifah in a remake of the 1950 comedy that starred Alec Guinness. The role has undergone a gender switch, with Latifah playing a shy sales clerk who, after she learns she has a terminal illness, takes off for a European vacation. Peter Seaman and Jeffrey Price (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”) adapted the screenplay.
Laurence Mark (“I, Robot”) and Imagemovers partner Jack Rapke are producing.
Wang most recently directed “Maid in Manhattan,” starring Jennifer Lopez, for Columbia Pictures. His next pic, “Because of Winn-Dixie,” will be released through 20th Century Fox early next year.
Latifah stars opposite Jimmy Fallon in Fox’s “Taxi,” which will be released Oct. 8, and in MGM’s “Barbershop” spinoff “Beauty Shop,” which is slated for a Nov. 24 bow.