Kristen Wiig to Make Directorial Debut with New Comedy; Reuniting with BRIDESMAIDS Co-Writer Annie Mumolo

     June 11, 2014

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Directly after the smashing success of Bridesmaids, star/co-writer Kristen Wiig was inundated with questions about a sequel.  Instead of rushing into a follow-up that would have no doubt done massive business, Wiig decided to wait until the right project came together before writing another screenplay.  It appears that the waiting is now over, as the New York Times reports that Wiig is reuniting with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo to write and star in a new comedy for TriStar, which will also mark the SNL alum’s directorial debut.  Hit the jump for more.

kristen-wiigPlot details are scarce at this point, but the New York Times reports that the untitled film takes place in Vista Del Mar and will follow two “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths.”  Mumolo—who had a brief scene as Wiig’s airplane buddy in Bridesmaids—will also co-star with Wiig in the pic in addition to co-writing the screenplay.

The two are currently hard at work on the script so it may be some time before it goes in front of cameras, but this is definitely a promising prospect.  The lack of female-driven studio films in Hollywood is troubling, so I’m enthused to hear that Wiig and Mumolo will be teaming up once again on an original project.  We also have The Nest with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to look forward to next Christmas.

On the acting side, Wiig tackles a more dramatic role opposite Bill Hader in director Craig Johnson’s excellent drama The Skeleton Twins, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year to a wildly positive response.  The pic opens in theaters this coming September 19th.  Wiig is also poised to star alongside Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in an untitled comedy for Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, and will provide a voice in Seth Rogen‘s R-rated animated feature Sausage Party.

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