Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has closed a preemptive deal for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s new comedy. The pair were both members of The Groundlings together and previously co-wrote the 2011 hit Bridesmaids, earning them Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay. Based on their original idea, the new film is also intended as a directing debut for Wiig.
Story details and title are being kept under wrap, but Wiig and Mumolo will write and star as best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.
Wiig and Mumolo said: “We’re very excited to be writing. We will be going into a cave for months to finish. An actual cave. We found one that’s nice and big. We’re putting a couch in there.”
Tom Rothman added: “Kristen and Annie assured me that the film will be a searing and depressing drama, which is what the world needs right now. So we grabbed it. Perhaps more to the point, these two supremely talented ladies are always ahead of the comedy curve and as we at TriStar push for originality, we are lucky as hell to be in business with them. The chance to hopefully make Kristen’s first film as a director is the cherry on top.”
Wiig recently starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and in the television miniseries “The Spoils of Babylon.” Her voice can be heard in the animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon 2 and she will star opposite Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins.
Mumolo, meanwhile, penned David O. Russell’s upcoming Joy (set to star Jennifer Lawrence as Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano) and currently stars on NBC’s “About a Boy.”
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