Netflix and Amy Poehler just got done teaming up on Poehler’s second directorial feature Moxie, and obviously the experience went well, as they’re collaborating once again. Poehler will produce an animated musical titled Steps through her Paper Kite Productions banner with her partner Kim Lessing, with Alyce Tzue set to make her directorial debut.
Riki Lindhome will write the script, based off a story she wrote with Kate Micucci. The two will also executive produce and write all the music for the film. The story is a spin on the classic Cinderella story, where two stepsisters are overlooked for marriage by the prince and embark on an epic journey, realising that their own perfect fairy tales might be different from what they originally thought.
“We are so excited to be working with Netflix and the great Riki, Kate and Alyce on this joyful and much-needed story”, Poehler said in a statement. Tzue added: “Our step-sisters are a pair of young Asian immigrants to a fairytale world, and their journey navigating the pressures of their kingdom to ultimately arrive at their true dream is a story that resonates deep inside my heart”.
“Especially in light of the terrible acts of erasure against the Asian community, I am grateful to be working with this incredible team on a project where I feel so seen. We can’t wait to bring Steps to the world”.
Tzue recently won the Student Academy Award winner for her film Soar, and obviously Poehler and the Paper Kite team envision a big future for her. Writers Lindhome and Micucci are best known as the co-creators of Comedy Central show Another Period and Garfunkel & Oates, respectively.
This will be Poehler’s fourth collaboration with Netflix. She previously directed comedy Wine Country and the aforementioned Moxie, while she also co-created the series Russian Doll.
Steps is the latest addition to Netflix’s growing slate of animated films, a division they were reportedly eager to get a foothold in. Later this year they have Back To The Outback and The Mitchells vs. The Machines hitting the platform.