Katie Dippold shared plot details about the movie she wrote starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer with Collider in an interview on Saturday.
Dippold, who also wrote the rebooted Ghostbusters and The Heat, said the movie is based on her own relationship with her mother. “When I was younger, my mom was always very adventurous. Her and my dad divorced when I was in college, and she’s gotten more concerned about safety,” Dippold explained. “She wants to make sure the doors are locked. I feel like there used to be a more adventurous spirit in her. She’s still lovely and awesome.”
Dippold said that she convinced her mother to sign up for e-Harmony and it was “the most phoned-in profile” she’d ever seen. She said her mother complained that it didn’t work, so she logged in and found that there was no photo, a typo in the first sentence and usage of all-caps in one answer to a question because it made her angry. Dippold said this got her wondering about what would happen if “I took her on a crazy vacation somewhere, and then I took us off the beaten path, just to shake things up.”
The movie is just that, she revealed. “She gets taken off the beaten path, but then everything the mother feared is correct. So, it’s then basically trying to get to an American embassy through the Amazon rainforest and whatnot.”
Hawn will portray the mother while Schumer portrays the daughter. It is Hawn’s first acting gig in 14 years, since she starred in 2002’s The Banger Sisters with Susan Sarandon. Landing Hawn was a big deal to Dippold, as she and her mother have been fans of the legendary comedic actress for a long time. Schumer is a fan, too, and pushed to get Hawn to sign on as well.
“We’re going to hit the balls back and forth,” Hawn told Entertainment Weekly in March, equally excited to be working with Schumer. “Two women lost in the jungle. It’s going to be so much fun! I love her very much.”
The production, which also stars Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project, Sisters) and Wanda Sykes (Evan Almighty), has already moved into filming, but remains untitled so far. Jonathan Levine (50/50, Warm Bodies, The Night Before) is directing, and Dippold said that Schumer has a writing credit as well, after doing “some passes on the script.” The movie is set to hit theaters on May 12.