New Line/DC Adaptation, THE KITCHEN, Joins Melissa McCarthy With Tiffany Haddish

Comedienne and actress Melissa McCarthy (Tammy, Spy) is taking her craft to a darker, grittier toned setting in The Kitchen, for New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment. As Mike Fleming Jr. over at Deadline notes, Straight Outta Compton scribe Andrea Berloff is setting forth her directorial debut here from her own script based on the 2014 limited series from author Ollie Masters.

Here's how Vertigo details the narrative:
New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment. This is the world of THE KITCHEN. 
The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives – Kath, Raven and Angie – decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop. 
THE KITCHEN takes one of the most popular genres in entertainment and, like The Sopranos, reimagines it for a new generation to present a classic gangster story told from a fresh point of view. 
Written by talented newcomer Ollie Masters with stunning art by Ming Doyle (Mara) and killer covers by Becky Cloonan (GOTHAM ACADEMY, Killjoys, DEMO), THE KITCHEN is not to be missed.
The news comes just roughly a year following Berloff's attachement. 

Fellow actress Tiffany Haddish, who broke out in Malcolm D. Lee's summer road hit, Girls Trip, prior to making history as the first black female stand-up comic to host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" last November, has already signed onto star. Michael De Luca Productions is producing.


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