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After a heated bidding war involving multiple studios, Fox has nabbed the hot comedy script Women in Business.
Laura Steinel wrote the screenplay for the female-driven comedy, which has some strong attachments: Emma Stone, Kate McKinnon and Jillian Bell.
The buzzy package, repped by UTA, also has Jake Szymanski, who directed Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, attached to helm.
Gloria Sanchez and Chernin Entertainment will produce the film, which centers on two competitive women who are sent on a business trip to Canada. There, they hire a third woman off Craigslist to act as their intern, which derails their trip.
Steinel worked as a writer on the Amazon series Red Oaks, and Fox recently ordered her workplace comedy HR, which is executive produced by Sue Naegle and Jeff Schaeffer and stars Judy Greer and Patton Oswalt. She also wrote the comedy FAM-I-LY, which she will direct, with Sue Naegle and Jeremy Garelick producing. Taylor Schilling is attached to star. Steinel is repped by UTA, Principato Young and Ziffren Brittenham.
Szymanski previously directed for Funny or Die and Saturday Night Live before nabbing the helming gig for Fox’s buzzy upcoming comedy Mike and Dave starring Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick. It hits theaters on July 8. Szymanski is repped by UTA, Mosaic and Sloane Offer.
Stone, most recently seen in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, has the musical La La Land with Ryan Gosling and the Billie Jean King film Battle of Sexes coming up. She also is attached to a live-action Cruella project at Disney. Stone is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham.
McKinnon, who stars on Saturday Night Live, will next be seen in Sony’s Ghostbusters film, directed by Paul Feig. She’ll also appear in the comedy Office Christmas Party. McKinnon is repped by UTA, Principato Young and Hansen Jacobson.
Bell had a breakout role in 22 Jump Street, and also had roles in The Night Before and Goosebumps. She also will appear in Office Christmas Party. Bell is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Stone Genow.
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