Fresh Off The Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan is teaming with star Randall Park to make her feature directorial debut in an upcoming romantic comedy for Netflix. Khan has earned her stripes as a TV producer, notably with American Dad! and later with Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23, which she also created. Although the latter show was cancelled after two seasons, Fresh Off The Boat just finished its fourth season and continues to garner both critical acclaim and ratings success.
Khan has previously directed a handful of episodes of both Fresh Off The Boat and Don't Trust The B----. And now, she's venturing into feature film directing in a collaboration with some faces that are familiar to her. Though the new project doesn't quite have a name yet, it does have one at the top of the cast in Park - and Khan at the helm.
As reported by THR, Khan is teaming with both Park and comedian/actress Ali Wong (pictured above), who is credited as the sole writer for two episodes of Fresh Off The Boat and as the story editor for 22 others. Park and Wong wrote the script, along with Michael Golamco (Grimm). This adds to a big year for Park, who will also appear in July's Ant-Man and the Wasp as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jimmy Woo. The movie is produced by Nathan Kahane and Erin Westerman of Good Universe (The Disaster Artist). It's expected to start shooting in May on location in San Francisco and Vancouver.
The as-yet untitled rom-com for Netflix will follow the story of "childhood sweethearts", played by Park and Wong, who reconnect 15 years after having a falling-out. Wong's character, Sasha, is a successful celebrity chef, while Park's character, Marcus, is a "happily struggling musician" who lives with and works for his dad. The two will rekindle their old flame while having trouble adjusting to each other's disparate lifestyles.
After more than a decade playing mostly bit parts in TV and movies, Park scored a recurring role as Danny Chung on Veep and earned a notable movie role as Kim Jong-un in The Interview. But he really broke through with his infectious performance as the lovably naive dad Louis Huang on Fresh Off The Boat, and has parlayed his recent success into high-profile movies. The new Netflix comedy marks his first major starring role in a film and a big opportunity for him.
It's also a big break for Khan, who is also slated to direct the upcoming adaptation White Girl Problems. She's wholly unproven as a feature film director, but of course she has to start somewhere. And with Fresh Off The Boat, she's proven able to create a program that can achieve sustained success. She's familiar with both Park and Wong, and their collaboration has a chance to work as magically in the movie streaming world as it has on TV.