Amy Schumer’s Fox Kidnapping Comedy Gathers Steam As Trainwreck Follow-Up


The oversized opening for Trainwreck, Amy Schumer’s first theatrical starring vehicle, has cemented the comedian as a Hollywood star, and now studios are lining up at her door in hopes of getting her on board for more projects. Sources tell THR, however, that Schumer may have already settled on her next gig – a kidnapping comedy she has been developing at Fox, working with sister Kim Caramele to revise a script by The Heat‘s Katie Dippold.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is producing the comedy, which we previously reported on about two months back and is still believed to center on a mother and a daughter who find themselves kidnapped while traveling abroad in Brazil. Dippold penned the script before Schumer got involved, and now the comedian and her sister are working to put the lead character in Schumer’s distinctive comedic voice.

THR reports that the production is eyeing a veteran actress to take on the role of the mother, and the wish list currently includes such big names as Meryl Streep, Sally Field and Frances Conroy. First, however, the project will have to secure a director who can then help cast up in order to serve their own vision for the pic. Fox execs and producers got a finished copy of the script earlier this month, and they’re eyeing helmers like Warm Bodies‘ Jonathan Levine and The Inbetweeners Movie‘s Ben Palmer for the gig.

Obviously, whoever ends up helming will have to be approved by Schumer, who remains one of the main creative forces behind the picture. And honestly, with her, Caramele and Dippold all involved, it would be somewhat surprising if the trio didn’t seriously consider some terrific female directors for what will be a sizable entry in a genre that many remarkable professionals are still largely ignored by. Elizabeth Banks, Lynn Shelton and Anne Fletcher all come to mind as helmers who’ve proven they can handle a production of this size with panache.

Filming on the untitled comedy will likely get under way later this year, though Fox has to work around Schumer’s busy schedule, which includes shooting the next season of her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer.