How 'Ghostbusters' Writer's Amy Schumer Comedy Came Together Over Lunch

Jessica Sample
Jenno Topping (left) and Katie Dippold at Wally's Beverly Hills

Katie Dippold, who also penned ‘The Heat’ and scored a seven-figure deal for her untitled mother-daughter comedy also starring Goldie Hawn, "is much more shy than I expected" based on her scripts, says Chernin's Jenno Topping over rosé wine at Wally's on Canon Drive.

Katie Dippold quickly is becoming one of the hottest writers in Hollywood after penning the spec script for The Heat, the 2013 Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock cop comedy that fired up $229.9 million worldwide. Chernin Entertainment head of film and television Jenno Topping and Dippold, who have become fast friends since Chernin nabbed the script in 2012, were photographed sipping rosé at Wally's Beverly Hills (447 N. Canon Drive; the 18-month-old eatery from the Westwood wine source, led by sommelier Christian Navarro and France-born chef David Feau, has drawn the likes of Bill Clinton).

"She's much more shy than I expected given what the script was," says Topping of the improv-trained screenwriter, who since has worked on Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters and is attached to write a sequel to The Heat. Dippold's latest deal (a big seven-figure one) came together over a lunch at Craft, where she pitched Topping and Feig. "I gave a whole long pitch — I had many, many pages that I was reading from," says Dippold of the untitled mother-daughter comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, currently in preproduction. "I prefer a meeting to be lunch, but I become really focused on the food," she says with a laugh. "I forget there's a conversation and meeting going on as well." 

This story first appeared in the May 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.