Scribe makes helming debut with black wedding laffer
“Soul Plane” scribe Chuck Wilson will write “Meet the Mo’Fockers” for Maverick Entertainment, based on a story he created with actor-comedian DeRay Davis. Comedy will also be Wilson’s feature-directing bow.
In the script, a high-society African-American man falls in love with a beautiful woman whom he believes possesses a social pedigree similar to his own. As he prepares to ask for her hand in marriage, he discovers his would-be in-laws are straight from the ‘hood — and that he had a one-night stand with the woman’s mother.
“There’s never been a black wedding comedy,” Wilson said. “I just got engaged, so I’m living a lot of this now.”
Pic is also expected to spoof familiar nuptial comedies such as “The Wedding Planner” and “The Wedding Singer.”
Brent Emery brought the project in to Maverick’s Mark Morgan. Plum Pictures’ Celine Rattray will produce.
Wilson’s short film “Breakfast at Ben’s” premiered at the 2000 Urban World Film Festival and was released by Warner Home Video.
Plum Pictures is producing “Lonesome Jim,” directed by Steve Buscemi and starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler, as well as “The Baxter.” Latter is for IFC Films.
Davis is a standup comedian who was featured in the “Barbershop” franchise.