Amy Schumer Book ‘The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo’ Scores Massive 8-Figure Deal
Fresh off her Emmy win, Amy Schumer has inked an eight-figure deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books for The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, a funny memoir, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
The book is said to be a series of comedic essays looking at the Emmy-winning star’s family, childhood and feminist politics. Similar books by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and others have been reliable bestsellers. Initial sales of Fey’sBossypants exceeded two million copies. There are few sure things in publishing but a funny book from Schumer would be on the short list of guaranteed bestsellers. Secrecy surrounding the project was tight. Editors had to go to the offices of Schumer’s book agent David Kuhn to read the proposal. Eight publishers bid on the project.
Entertainment Weekly reported the winning bid was in the $8 million to $10 million range, echoing early speculation among publishing insiders about the book’s value. Sources tell THR that bidding topped $6.5 million on Monday afternoon before the auction’s final round of offers.
Schumer’s reps did not respond to THR’s request for comment.
Fey received a $6 million advance for her book. Lena Dunham got $3.7 million for Not That Kind of Girl. Aziz Ansari got $3.5 million for Modern Romance, which was a New York Times bestseller when it published in June.
Schumer is having quite a year. She won an Emmy Sunday for best variety sketch series for her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, which has been renewed for a fourth season.
Earlier this year, her film Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in, was a breakout hit for Universal, earning $137.7 million worldwide. The Judd Apatow-helmed project was a semi-autobiographical story, and seems to have whet the public’s appetite for more stories from the comedian.
Schumer is attached to star in a comedy for Fox, which has Jonathan Levine attached to direct. Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, reworked an initial script by The Heat’s Katie Dippold. It centers on a mother and daughter who find themselves kidnapped while on vacation in Brazil.
Schumer is also writing a screenplay with her new BFF, Jennifer Lawrence. They two actresses would play sisters in the film.
Schumer was repped by David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects on the book deal. She is also repped by UTA and Schreck Rose.