Latifah to star in comedy film

New Line has signed Queen Latifah to topline a remake of “All of Me,” the 1984 comedy that starred Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.

Adam Shankman and Offspring Entertainment partner Jennifer Gibgot will produce with Ira Posansky. Latifah will exec produce with Shakim Compere, her manager and partner in Flavor Unit.

The original “All of Me,” directed by Carl Reiner, starred Tomlin as a dying heiress whose soul inhabits the body of a successful attorney, played by Martin.

“All of Me” is Latifah’s third project with Shankman, following “Bringing Down the House” at Disney and the upcoming “Hairspray” at New Line. Latifah, who plays Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray,” is currently working on “Mad Money” in Louisiana along with Diane Keaton, Ted Danson and Katie Holmes.

Offspring recently set up an untitled high school comedy project with “Hairspray” heartthrob Zac Efron, also at New Line.

New Line’s been developing the “All of Me” remake for the past two years. It hired scribes Brent Goldberg and David Wagner to write a modern take on the story and was aiming to cast Wanda Sykes in the Tomlin role (Daily Variety, May 6, 2005).

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