British-Asian helmer Gurinder Chadha is developing It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, described by the director as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead.
Variety says the story follows a British-Asian mother whose obsession to marry off her daughter comically leads to serial murder.
“It’s a comic caper very much in the tradition of classic Ealing comedies,” Chadha told the trade. “It’s a return for me to the characters and setting of ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ but in a different genre, namely horror, although I would say that the gore will be easy on the eye.”
Chadha is casting the multicultural project, which has a budget of about $10 million. Filming begins in the U.K. in February. She’s co-writing and producing the film with husband Paul Berges.