Broad City star Abbi Jacobson and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising cohort Dave Franco are attached to star in 6 BALLOONS, a family dramedy from writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan set up at Netflix. Channing Tatum is producing through his Free Association banner with Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan and Campfire’s Ross Dinerstein and Samantha Housman.
The movie centers around Kate (Jacobson), the “perfect” sister who is in the process of organizing a 4th of July surprise birthday party for her boyfriend, but her evening gets derailed when she finds herself – not for the first time and probably not the last – tending to her heroin-addicted brother Seth (Franco) and his 2 year old daughter, Ella.
Jacobson and her writing partner Ilana Glazer have seen breakout success with their Comedy Central series Broad City, which recently aired its third season and has been renewed for at least two more. In addition to Broad City, Jacobson and Glazer are in development with a comedy feature at Fox with Paul Feig.
In 2016 alone, Franco has been seen in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Now You See Me 2, and most recently, Nerve opposite Emma Roberts. Franco will next be seen in the Netflix series Easy from Joe Swanberg and The Masterpiece, his brother James Franco’s adaptation of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room.
Both Jacobson and Franco will also be lending their vocal talents to The Lego Ninjago Movie at Warner Bros.
Ryan, who landed on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, was recently brought on to write the Splash remake, marking a second collaboration with Tatum, who is set to star in and produce for Disney. Ryan is also writing the current draft of the feature adaptation of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor