Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell to Star in Mom Comedy
The project was originally called 'Bad Moms' and would have starred Leslie Mann.
You can’t stop Bad Moms.
The comedy project, which was to have starred Leslie Mann and be produced by Judd Apatow for Paramount but languished after the duo left, is back on, this time with Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell.
STX Entertainment has stepped up to pick up the project, which is now untitled, with Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind The Hangover, remaining on board to direct. The duo also penned the script.
The story centers on an overachieving mother with a seemingly perfect life whose stress lines are one bad day from cracking. Fed up, she joins two other overstressed mothers, leading them on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities, which includes going on a wild un-mom-like binge of freedom, fun and self-indulgence. The course of action lands them on a collision course with the PTA Queen Bee and her blindly devoted clique of "perfect" moms.
Suzanne Todd and Bill Block are producing.
STX hopes the strong female roles combined with a timely subject will be a win.
"Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are masters at creating relatable characters that audiences instantly embrace, and then putting them in hilarious real-life situations for great comedic results," said STX’s president and CCO Oren Aviv. "This film provides the rare opportunity for a half-dozen strong female lead roles, and we are thrilled to have assembled an exceptional cast led by Mila Kunis, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell. We can’t wait to start production and be part of the magic this team will bring to the screen."
Kunis — repped by CAA, Curtis Talent Management and Felker Toczek — last appeared in the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending.
Applegate — repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson — recently wrapped the indie drama Youth in Oregon with Frank Langella and Billy Crudup.
Bell, one of the star’s of Showtime’s House of Lies, is shooting the big-screen take of 1970s cop show Chips. She is repped by CAA.