EXCLUSIVE: Amy Poehler has set her next directorial project for Netflix. It will be Moxie, a Tamara Chestna-scripted adaptation of the Jennifer Mathieu novel which Poehler’s Paper Kite acquired last year.
Poehler will produce through her Paper Kite banner along with Veep’s Morgan Sackett and Paper Kite development director Kim Lessing. Sackett and Poehler worked together on Wine Country and Parks and Rec. They previously worked together on Wine Country and Parks and Rec. Production will begin in the fall.
Wine Country marks the feature directing debut of Poehler, and it will premiere on Netflix in May. Poehler stars alongside Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Tina Fey, Maya Erskine, Jason Schwartzman, and Cherry Jones.
Moxie tells the story of a 16-year-old girl from a small town who is inspired by her mother’s past as part of the underground punk movement Riot Grrrl, and uses it as the catalyst to start a feminist revolution at her high school.
Paper Kite is also behind the new hit Netflix show Russian Doll and the upcoming second season of Making It on NBC, which Poehler co-hosts.
Chestna was EP of the Dennis Quaid-Kate Bosworth series The Art Of More, and spent the last year working on her project Wildside for YouTube Premium, with Gary Fleder directing, and Scarlett’s Method for Snapchat. On the feature side she wrote Other People’s Love Letters and Revenge Wedding for CBS Films, with Cheryl Hines just set to direct the latter. She also scripted Everything’s Cool for Iconoclast/Anonymous Content, and After. That Jennifer Gage-directed film just wrapped at Paramount with Offspring Entertainment producing.
Poehler and Paper Kite are repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment; Chestna is Verve, Industry and Felker Toczek.