Amy Poehler to Lead Basketball Comedy BALLS for Universal

     July 22, 2015

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Amy Poehler’s got Balls!’ That’s the type of marketing you can expect out of Universal when they start advertising their new basketball comedy. Poehler will star as a “once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team” and will also produce through her Paper Kite Productions banner. (Why the NBA would invite a “once-promising” coach and not a “still-promising” one is not addressed here.) Semantics aside, this is a timely conceit for a plot since the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs recently made history by hiring Becky Hammon as the association’s first female assistant coach. Variety also reported that Ike Barinholtz will star in Balls; he’ll also co-write a script alongside David Stassen.

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The next time you’ll see Poehler on the small screen will be in about a week when the Wet Hot American Summer series debuts on Netflix. On the big screen, Poehler will star opposite Tina Fey in Sisters, a Universal R-rated comedy due out on Christmas Day. She’ll next shoot the New Line Cinema comedy The House opposite Will Ferrell.

Barinholtz and Stassen, meanwhile, have scripted Rawson Marshall Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart; that picture is due out June 17, 2016. The writing duo also continues their work on The Mindy Project, which will air its fourth season on Hulu this fall. Barinholtz will also appear in Sisters before lending his voice to the Angry Birds movie, which opens next May. Oh, and then he’ll star in a little movie called Suicide Squad, which debuts next August.


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