Having found a hit on Netflix by co-writing Russian Doll, Amy Poehler has now re-teamed with the streaming giant. She will direct Moxie, an adaptation of the Jennifer Mathieu novel. Poehler’s Paper Kite acquired the rights to the novel last year.
Moxie tells the story of a 16-year-old girl from a small town who becomes inspired by her mother’s past as part of the underground Riot Grrrl punk movement. She uses it as the catalyst to start a feminist revolution at her high school. Tamara Chestna has written the adaptation.
Moxie won’t mark Poehler’s directorial debut however, as she already has another film in the can for Netflix. Wine Country, in which Poehler also stars alongside Maya Rudolph, will premiere on the streaming platform in May. That project was also developed under the Paper Kite banner, as was the NBC show Making It, which Poehler hosts.
Poehler directing a Riot Grrrl-inspired film sounds like a dream. It looks as if her relationship with Netflix is only growing stronger too, with multiple projects now either on the service already, or in development. Attention now turns to who will the cast in the main roles of Moxie. Production will begin in the autumn.