Queen Latifah will star in Welfare Queen, a fact-based story of a woman who scammed the welfare system out of a fortune -- as part of the first-look deal her production company has signed with Focus Features and its genre division, Rogue Pictures.
According to Variety, Welfare Queen is based on the life of Dorothy Woods and will be produced by , Flavor Unit (Latifah's production company) along with Edmonds Entertainment. Abdul Williams is currently writing the screenplay.
"This is the first major deal we've signed with a studio, and we did it because we felt confident we could go from Welfare Queen to Horror in the Hamptons, which is a script by Alex Mirkin about a bunch of 16-year-olds chopping each other up," Latifah said. "We get our hands on a lot of material we can do well, and our dream is to work up to producing three movies a year. The deal isn't based on me being in every film."