Female '21 Jump Street' Taps 'Bob's Burgers' Writers to Pen Script (Exclusive)
Sisters Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux's script is separate from the one already being written by Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs.
Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux, writers on animated comedy Bob's Burgers, have signed on to work on Sony's female-centric 21 Jump Street project.
The sisters are the second writing team to board the project. Sony also has brought on Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, who are working on Comedy Central’s buzzy Broad City. The studio liked a pitch from the Molyneux sisters, so it is moving forward with dual-track development, in which both writing teams are working on separate scripts for the comedy.
The 21 Jump Street franchise, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, has done strong business for Sony. The first two films have grossed more than $530 million worldwide. Sony also is planning a third installment in the Tatum-Hill franchise called 23 Jump Street, with Rodney Rothman writing the script.
Sony is brewing two female-centric spinoffs of its previous films. Paul Feig also is directing a female Ghostbusters film, which will star Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.
The Molyneux sisters are writers and producers on Fox's Bob's Burgers through their overall with 20th Century Fox TV. The series was renewed for a fifth season in January. They also wrote the script for Hot Stuff at DreamWorks Animation, and their script My Sister Is Marrying a Douchebag landed on the 2009 Black List.
Also, Wendy Molyneux recently raised more than $30,000 for CureSearch through a crowdsourcing campaign in which she said if she raised $10,000, she would force herself to see the Entourage movie (she hated the TV series).
The Molyneux sisters are repped by WME, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and Morris Yorn.