Netflix has emerged victorious in a bidding war for “The Fifth Wheel,” a comedy starring Kim Kardashian.
Several major players, including theatrical distributors and streamers, were competing for the film, according to Deadline, which first reported news of the sale. But two of the five companies backed out at the last minute before Kardashian and co-writers co-writers Paula Pell and Janine Brito signed with Netflix on the dotted line.
Pell, a “Saturday Night Live” alum, is producing “The Fifth Wheel” with Kardashian. The logline is under wraps, but Kardashian is playing the eponymous “fifth wheel” alongside a female ensemble cast.
Kardashian, the savvy businesswoman behind the loungewear company Skims and star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” has been cutting her teeth in the world of scripted entertainment. She starred in the most recent season of “American Horror Story” alongside Emma Roberts. Kardashian has been involved as a producer, according to Deadline, and will use her influencer status to promote “The Fifth Wheel.” It helps that she has 364 million Instagram followers, as well as a reality show, newly retitled “The Kardashians,” to document her every move.
Netflix’s purchase of “The Fifth Wheel” marks one of the first major sales following the historic SAG strike, which was settled earlier in November. Other mid-budget films on Netflix’s slate include the romantic comedy “A Family Affair,” with Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Joey King; the Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth drama “Lonely Planet” and “Schitt’s Creek” co-creator Dan Levy’s directorial debut “Good Grief,” in which he stars alongside Ruth Negga, Himesh Patel and Luke Evans.
Pell also wrote the comedy “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She also stars in the Peacock series “Girls5Eva.” “The Fifth Wheel” marks the first major writing credit for Brito, who is married to Pell and played her spouse on “Girls5Eva.” Brtito also worked in the writers’ room on NBC’s sitcom “Mr. Mayor.”
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