Release Date: October 6, 2004

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This is not a TV-to-movie adaptation of the ‘70s television hit, but rather an English-language version of the popular French film. The original, which was released in 1998, was directed by Gerard Pires and written by Luc Besson. Barbershop director Tim Story is helming the American version, while a host of talent had their hands in the screenplay.

The increasingly popular Queen Latifah plays Belle, a single mom who makes her living as a pizza delivery driver. She always hears compliments about how fast her deliveries are and decides to earn even more money by driving a cab. She quickly gets famous for her driving exploits, including speeding down streets at over 100 miles per hour.

Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) thinks he can use Belle’s driving skills to his advantage. He enlists Belle’s aid in catching a gang of beautiful female bank robbers. He knows that the combination of his brains and her driving prowess will be an unstoppable crime-fighting force.

Ice Cube was originally scheduled to star in this feature, but dropped out. The script was rewritten to accommodate the rising star of Latifah. Filming was originally planned for Spring 2002, but was pushed back when Ice Cube left. The film was shot from mid-September to late-November 2003 and is scheduled for release October 8, 2004. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

September 30, 2004
Taxi will debut on Wednesday, October 6th on approximately 600 screens before expanding to an estimated 2,900 on Friday, October 8th. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Taxi
Main Cast Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon
Supporting Cast Jennifer Esposito, Gisele Bundchen, Christian Kane, Henry Simmons, Ana Cristina De Oliceira
Director Tim Story
Screenwriter Jim Kouf, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Tina Chisolm
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 97 minutes
Screen Count 3,001
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

Comparison films for Taxi
Adjusted Opening
Total BO
Adjusted Total
Bringing Down the House 3/7/0331.10 31.10 2801 11104.00 11104.0 132.68 132.68 4.27
Barbershop 9/13/0220.63 21.44 1605 12852.00 12852.0 75.07 78.05 3.64
Blue Streak 9/17/9919.21 22.89 2735 7024.00 8019.5 68.21 81.28 3.55
Brown Sugar 10/11/0210.74 11.16 1372 7827.00 7827.0 27.36 28.44 2.55



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