Paramount + and Showtime seize US rights to STX comedy “Queenpins” | New
As talks begin ahead of the official Cannes virtual market next week, Paramount + and Showtime have landed the US rights to The finished comedy of STX Bowling with Kristen Bell in a deal valued at over $ 20 million.
STX will continue discussions with international cinema buyers during the market – it launched virtual TIFF sales last fall. Screen understands that STXfilms will distribute the film theatrically in the United States prior to the digital launch. It will also be distributed directly in the UK and Ireland.
Bowling draws inspiration from the true story of the biggest coupon counterfeiting program in US history and focuses on a neglected suburban housewife who sets up an illegal coupon club she defrauds millions of greats into food companies. AGC Studios, Marquee Entertainment and Red Hour Films are the producers.
The cast includes Kirby Howell Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Vince Vaughn and Nick Cassavetes, among others. Production took place late last year in California.
Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly screenwriters and directors Bowling, which AGC’s Linda McDonough produced with Red Hour’s Nicky Weinstock. McDonough developed it through his Marquee Entertainment before joining AGC as director of the film.
AGC Studios director Stuart Ford and Miguel A. Palos, Jr. are executive producers alongside Red Hour’s Ben Stiller and Breean Solberg.
Deadline first reported the news.