Amy Schumer is ready to become the biggest new actress in comedy. This summer, she had an absolutely gigantic hit in Trainwreck - which was lauded by critics and has made more than $110 million worldwide - and as a result there are many eyes now watching to see what her next move will be. If new reports are to be believed, it looks like that project will be a mother-daughter comedy that is set up at Fox, and it appears that the fantastically talented Jonathan Levine is in talks to direct.
In case you couldn't tell, the project doesn't actually have a title just yet, bu Deadline says that the movie is based on an original script written by Katie Dippold - the screenwriter behind The Heat and co-writer of Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. At this time, there don't appear to be any story details currently available, though the script is apparently based on Dippold's experiences with her own mother.
Amy Schumer has been getting more and more popular the last few years, with her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer really helping her gain popularity. Trainwreck, however, has been her biggest and most notable success thus far. At this time, it seems as though the only other major project competing for Schumer's attention is the Weinstein Company-produced two-hander Plus One, which is already set to star Jessica Chastain. That movie sees Chastain's character as a recent divorcee who discovers that all of her friends are married with the exception of Summer, the loud, obnoxious member of her friend circle (and the role that the studio wants for Schumer).
Director Jonathan Levine is actually experiencing a similar career trajectory to Amy Schumer, as he has spent the last few years establishing himself as a seriously talented young director. He first gained notoriety for the 2006 horror movie All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and the 2008 indie drama The Wackness, but in 2011 he earned massive critical acclaim for 50/50 and wound up hitting it big at the box office with 2013's Warm Bodies. His next feature, the Christmas-themed The Night Before starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie, will be in theaters this November.
It should be noted that this potential mother-daughter comedy with Amy Schumer isn't exactly a slam dunk yet for the director. This is both because he is only in early talks for the film, and because he has two other potential projects on his plate: an adaptation of the documentary Brooklyn Castle, and the pilot for the Jim Carrey Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here.
Should both Amy Schumer and Jonathan Levine agree to be a part of the untitled mother-daughter comedy, the project will immediately become one of the more interesting titles in Hollywood - so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it happens.