STXfilms announced today that it has bought the worldwide rights to Queenpins, a female-driven comedy that will reunite the studio with Bad Moms star Kristen Bell for a film inspired by the true story of the largest coupon counterfeit scam in US history.
Queenpins will be distributed in the US, UK, and Ireland by STX, and the studio will handle international distribution through its network of global partners. The project was announced today by Adam Fogelson, chairman of the STXfilms Motion Picture Group.
After seeing success with such female-driven titles as the Bad Moms franchise, I Feel Pretty and Hustlers, STX was drawn to Queenpins, which will center on the story of a suburban housewife, fed up with being dismissed and overlooked by her husband and society, who decides to take back control of her life by starting an illegal coupon club. Her creation ends up scamming millions of dollars from big food companies while delivering deals to millions of fellow coupon clippers.
The film is written and will be directed by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly and produced by AGC Studios, Marquee Entertainment and Red Hour Films. AGC’s Linda McDonough will produce alongside Red Hour’s Nicky Weinstock.
AGC Studios Chairman Stuart Ford and Miguel A. Palos, Jr. will executive produce alongside Ben Stiller and Breean Solberg of Red Hour. The project was developed by McDonough under her Marquee Entertainment banner prior to joining AGC earlier this year.
“We love everything about this comedy, especially reuniting with our friend Kristen Bell, who is paired perfectly with Kirby Howell-Baptiste – we know they’ve got great chemistry, and Kirby has shown she is a master of this kind of comedy in Why Women Kill,” said Fogelson.
“Audiences love this kind of entertainment – it’s a subversive suburban comedy for moms that dads will enjoy too. We’re thrilled to be working with Aron and Gita as we tell this fun story.”
“Aron and Gita have pulled together a phenomenal cast and Queenpins is shaping up to be exactly the kind of broad multi-generational, multi-cultural comedy caper that STX have enjoyed great success with in the past,” added Ford.
“Adam and his team are a perfect home for the film and we’re excited to get going with them.”
Kristen Bell is known for her work in the TV series The Good Place as well as four seasons of Veronica Mars. The latest season, which aired on Hulu, also starred Howell-Baptiste. She’s also known for playing the lead role in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which she starred opposite Mila Kunis, Russell Brand and Jason Segel.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste is known for her work in The Good Place opposite Bell where she played Simone, as well as Veronica Mars‘s fourth season. She’s also appeared in HBO’s Barry, in the CBS All Access series Why Women Kill and BBC America’s Killing Eve.
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