Sister scribes sell 'Cookies' script

Walden nabs comedy from Carley and Chelsea Steiner

Sister scribes Carley and Chelsea Steiner have sold a family-comedy spec to Walden Media titled "Tough Cookies."

The story centers on a deadbeat dad ordered by a judge to form a Girl Scout troop with his rebel daughter and her friends. The troop uses its unconventional ways to compete against snobbish rivals at the National Scout Rally.

Kerner Entertainment Co.'s Jordan Kerner (2006's "Charlotte's Web") is producing, with Ben Haber (2007's "Across the Universe") executive producing. Haber brought the script to Walden.

Michael Bostick and Amanda Morgan Palmer are overseeing the project for Walden.

"Cookies" is the second project in the works for Chelsea Steiner, a former assistant at ICM, and Carley Steiner, who earned a master's in screenwriting at USC. Another screenplay, "Jelly," which centers on belly-dancing, is in development with producer David Doerkson and is set to go into production next year.

The sisters are repped by APA and manager Nic Bogner.

"Cookies" marks the latest collaboration between Walden and Kerner, which are developing the sports drama "The Miracle of St. Anthony." Kerner also is developing "The Smurfs" with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures.