Did you know that Queen Latifah has co-owned her own production company for 17 years? You did? Oh. Well, it's news to me. Flavor Unit, which started out in music management but has since produced films including Bringing Down the House and Beauty Shop, has signed a first-look deal with Rogue Pictures, the incredibly active genre arm of Focus Features. According to the terms of the deal, Flavor Unit will produce films (with "modest" budgets) through both Focus and Rogue, with the goal of making about three every year; already on the table for the company are Welfare Queen, Reality Sucks (yes, that's a parody of reality TV), and the obviously awesome Horror in the Hamptons which, according to Latifah, is "about a bunch of 16-year-olds chopping each other up." Oh hell yes!

The first product of the collaboration will be the aforementioned Welfare Queen, a based-on-a-true-story drama about a woman named Dorothy Woods, who "scammed the welfare system out of a fortune." The film will star Latifah as Woods, and the script is current being written.
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