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A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
If a hit movie, an Emmy, a huge book deal and a friendship with Jennifer Lawrence aren’t enough to prove Amy Schumer has arrived, consider her new film deal: Sources say Schumer, 34, has scored between $4 million and $5 million to star in a Fox mother-daughter comedy to be directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50). It’s a giant leap from the $300,000 the then-obscure comic got in August 2013 to star in Trainwreck (she likely earned more in backend and bonuses when the film grossed $138.3 million worldwide this summer).
Schumer and sister Kimberly Caramele also are executive producing the Fox and Chernin comedy as well as polishing Katie Dippold‘s original script.
The ribald comic, who recently signed with manager Guy Oseary, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2015. Besides Trainwreck, sources say Schumer has a $1.2 million option for her next film at Universal. She won an Emmy in September for the third season of her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, hosted SNL on Oct. 10 and starred in a well-reviewed HBO special Oct. 17.
Schumer’s timing has helped her out in the publishing world as well. While she had a deal for a book of essays back in 2013 with HarperCollins that included a $1 million advance, she ended up returning it. But in September, Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books beat out a slew of suitors for what sources say was a $9 million deal for Schumer’s book (pitched under the title The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo). And adding to Schumer’s growing pile of cash: the U.K. rights to the memoir were sold to Harper in a six-figure deal at auction on Oct. 15.
But not every wish has been fulfilled. Sources say Schumer’s team asked for $10 million for the Fox film and was rebuffed.
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