The film is an adaptation of Stuart Stout and Shelby Stout’s book Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True, and according to Deadline, “the true story centers on Hope Stout. When diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, the 12-year-old girl sets out on a mission to fund the wishes of 155 other children with the help of dedicated Make-A-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois (Latifah) and the Charlotte community.”
“I became a woman at age 24. I no longer felt like a kid who was afraid of making the wrong decisions. I had left college to pursue a music career, released two albums, opened up a management company, and Living Single was airing. And my brother had just passed away, so I was living through major ups and downs. Losing a sibling was just about the worst thing that could happen, so I developed a “What could stop me now?” attitude,” she told Tracee Ellis Ross for InStyle magazine.
In 2015, she received a Best Actress Emmy nomination for her lead role as Bessie Smith in HBO’s Bessie. In2017, MTV announced that she would be executive producing the third season of the slasher television series, Scream.
Hope’s Wish goes into production in April.