In a fiercely competitive battle, Netflix has emerged as the triumphant bidder in acquiring the rights to “The Fifth Wheel,” a comedy film starring Kim Kardashian. The streaming giant clinched the project after engaging in an intense bidding war that involved multiple major players in the entertainment industry. Despite initial competition from theatrical distributors and other prominent streaming platforms, Netflix secured the deal, with two out of the five companies initially vying for the film backing out at the eleventh hour.
While the exact storyline of “The Fifth Wheel” remains under wraps, Kim Kardashian is slated to portray the titular “fifth wheel” alongside a female ensemble cast. Details about the specific co-stars for the film have yet to be disclosed.
Renowned for her role in “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and the success of her loungewear company SKIMS, Kardashian is expanding her presence in scripted entertainment. Having recently appeared in the latest season of “American Horror Story,” she is actively involved in producing “The Fifth Wheel.” Leveraging her massive social media following, including an impressive 364 million Instagram followers, Kardashian intends to utilize her influence to promote the film.
The acquisition of “The Fifth Wheel” by Netflix is particularly significant as one of the first major sales post the resolution of the historic SAG-AFTRA strike in November. This move showcases Netflix’s commitment to strengthening its mid-budget film slate, which includes projects like the romantic comedy “A Family Affair” featuring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, and Joey King.
Among Netflix’s slate of notable projects are the drama “Lonely Planet,” starring Laura Dern and Liam Hemsworth, as well as “Good Grief,” directed by Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” fame, who also stars alongside Ruth Negga, Himesh Patel, and Luke Evans.
Producing alongside Kim Kardashian is Paula Pell, a former “Saturday Night Live” alum and the producer of “Sisters.” Additionally, the film marks Janine Brito’s debut as a major screenwriter. Brito has previously been involved in NBC’s sitcom “Mr. Mayor” and the Peacock series “Girls5Eva.”
The acquisition of “The Fifth Wheel” underscores Netflix’s continued investment in diverse and compelling content, setting the stage for an anticipated comedic venture helmed by Kardashian and an ensemble cast.