Amy Schumer has had a big summer. Now, on the heels of her hit summer movie Trainwreck, it's rumored that she has a book deal in the works. According to publishing insiders, agent David Kuhn at Kuhn Projects is shopping an essay collection by the comedian that some believe will draw a high-seven-figure advance. Kuhn did not respond to PW's requests for comment.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the project, the material has been watermarked, and potential buyers are required to sign nondisclosure agreements before reading it. Insiders speculate that the book could fetch more than $5 million, with some saying it could draw an advance as high as $8 million.
These same sources have indicated that first bids on the project are due today, with publisher meetings scheduled for next week. An auction is expected shortly after the publisher meetings. The book, it's thought, will explore Schumer's childhood, how she got her big break in comedy, her family, and feminism.
Schumer has been busy, of late. Her sketch show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered in 2013, has been steadily gaining momentum and seemed to draw more press attention this year. The box office performance of Trainwreck has another boon for her; as Variety noted in a July story, the movie's success has vaulted Schumer onto Hollywood's A-List.
Established in 2002, Kuhn Projects has represented many celebrities, including artist Marina Abramović (whose memoir will be published by Crown in 2017), musician Sara Bareilles, actors Joel Grey, Neil Patrick Harris, and Julianne Moore.