Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) are expanding their roster of upcoming projects at Universal Pictures by teaming up with Natalie Morales (Dead to Me) and Cyrina Fiallo (Abby’s) for an untitled Miami-set comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter was the first source to cover the story.
Based on a pitch from writers-turned-stars Morales and Fiallo, the film will focus on a Cuban-American woman as she is forced to return to her overbearing family in Miami or a baptism, a quinceañera, a wedding and a funeral, with the tone and themes being compared as akin to Nia Vardalos’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
The duo are set to write the script and executive produce the project alongside Will Alegra from Lord Miller Productions and Vincent Nastri of Bleecker Street Entertainment, while the eponymous duo will produce the film with their production banner’s President of Film Aditya Sood and Universal Pictures, where they have a major first-look deal and have been frequently setting up new projects in the year since. Sources report the film is also being seen as a close-to-home project for Lord, who hails from Miami and is of Cuban descent, as well as Morales and Fiallo as they are both originally from the Sunshine State and have Cuban heritage.
The untitled comedy marks the latest feature project Lord and Miller have backed at Universal after last week brought word that the duo would be reuniting with 22 Jump Street stars/comedians The Lucas Brothers for an untitled film that the latter duo will write and star in. It also marks a reunion between Morales and the former duo as the 35-year-old star appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Miss Calleros, a teacher to the titular protagonist.