Black-ish creator and executive producer Kenya Barris is reimagining the 2003 film Cheaper by the Dozen with a familiar face. Gabrielle Union has been tapped to star and executive produce the new version of the family comedy alongside Zach Braff (Scrubs).
The film, which is set to be released on Disney+ in 2022, is written by Barris and Grown-ish executive producer Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry. The new version will center on a multiracial, blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life while managing their family business.
The 48-year-old actress has been booked and busy as of late last year. It was announced in Nov. 2020 that she, Jemele Hill, and Kelley Carter were developing a comedy series for Showtime titled New Money. The show is centered around Black women who have solidified their careers, achieved financial independence, and moved past the awkwardness and money struggles of their twenties. Now that the ladies are in their 30s, they must deal with the repercussions that their “new money” brings.
Less than a month following the New Money announcement, it was reported that Keith Powers would join the NAACP Image Award Winner in a Netflix Rom-Com, The Perfect Find. Based on the 2016 book by Tia Williams, Union will star as Jenna Jones — a hopefully optimistic woman who believes that her new job in beauty journalism will be a fresh start. That is, until she begins a new relationship with the company videographer, Eric, who happens to be her new boss and frenemy’s son.
The Barris produced version will mark the third iteration of the film; the first one was released in 1950 and was based on the real lives of Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. The 2003 version starred Martin and Bonnie Hunt and grossed $190.2 million worldwide and is the most popular rendition of the film.