Written by Kate Angelo (Sex Tape), the untitled sitcom will document her youth growing up in Queens, New York, chronicling her life in an immigrant family from Trinidad and finally, her evolution into a rap superstar.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj in a statement. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
Minaj, Aaron Kaplan, and Angelo will executive produce with Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher (Boss), as well as Minaj’s manager Gee Roberson.
“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” said ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke. “Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
— ABC Family (@ABCFamily) September 29, 2015
The pilot for the show will be filmed this winter in Queens, and will screen sometime next year. Minaj, who studied acting at LaGuardia High School, voiced a character in the 3D animated film Ice Ace: Continental Drift and appeared in 2014’s The Other Woman. She recently wrapped her first starring movie role alongside Ice Cube and Queen Latifah in Barbershop 3. Since the sitcom announcement, Nicki has already taken control & gone into Producer mode, launching a nationwide search to find an actress to play a younger version of herself.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) September 29, 2015