Latifah, Story hail ‘Taxi’ remake at Fox

Besson penned original, set to produce new version

Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York.

Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza delivery boy turned cab driver whose ability to get to places quickly makes him the perfect chauffeur for a cop who’s trying to head off a group of bank robbers.

After Latifah toplined “Bringing Down the House” and was Oscar nommed for “Chicago,” Fox brass came courting with the offer to change the driver’s gender to make Latifah part of the buddy formula (Daily Variety, April 1).

Tina Chisolm, whose credits include “Drumline” and who’s adapting the Halle Berry vehicle “Nappily Ever After” for producer Marc Platt and Universal, has been brought in to do a rewrite of the script. Fox is looking to land a male star to play the cop.

Latifah has parlayed her bankability by making several deals that include developing “Beauty Shop,” a spinoff of Story’s “Barbershop.”

Story, who passed on doing the “Barbershop” sequel that will launch Latifah’s character, is developing the DreamWorks comedy “Date School,” the Universal Playtone pic “Society Cab” and the Imagine pic “Ralph.”

WMA reps Latifah and Story.

More Film

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Talks State of the Union

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

  • Swipe up to find out what

    'Pirates of the Caribbean' Actress Kaya Scodelario on Playing Complicated Women

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

  • Morgan Freeman SAG Lifetime Acheivement Award

    SAG Life Achievement Honoree Morgan Freeman Proves Life Can Begin at 50

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

  • Liz Hannah Josh Singer

    'The Post's' Liz Hannah, Josh Singer to Be Honored by Writers Guild

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

  • Joan Jett Sundance Doc Bad Reputation

    Joan Jett Rocks New 'Bad Reputation' Documentary at Sundance Film Festival

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

  • Iain Canning Emile Sherman

    New Regency, See-Saw Films Partner for First-Look Deal

    Twentieth Century Fox has set Queen Latifah to star in the English-language remake of “Taxi,” and has hailed “Barbershop” helmer Tim Story to direct the action comedy. Studio is eyeing an early fall start in New York. Produced by Luc Besson, “Taxi” will be the Americanized version of the Besson-penned French hit about a pizza […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content