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Kristen Wiig To Direct First Feature Film

Jun 24 2014, 4:30pm CDT | by , in News

Kristen Wiig To Direct First Feature Film
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The 'SNL' Star Will Team Up with Annie Mumolo Again

Kristen Wiig is set to make her directorial debut on a drama/comedy that will reunite her with her "Bridesmaids" co-writer, Annie Mumolo.

The "Bridesmaids" movie was an instant hit with fans of the comedy genre -- and begged the question when the duo would return for another project.  That was confirmed by the New York Times on June 11th -- that the pair would indeed be working on their next comedy movie togather.

"We're very excited to be writing," Wiig and Mumolo said in a statement. "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."

Wiig added, "I've been wanting to direct for some time now. This seems like the perfect first project."

The statement released by Tristar Pictures announced that Ms. Wiig and Ms. Mumolo will write, produce and star in a wide-release comedy for TriStar Productions, which described the film as the story of “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” The plot involves a town called Vista Del Mar.

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 in the town of Vista Del Mar.

Wiig and Mumolo earned an Oscar nomination for their original screenplay for the 2011 raunchy comedy "Bridesmaids," a breakout hit that was made for $32 million and went on to gross $288 million at the worldwide box office.

It was also credited for being the female version of the "Hangover" movies specifically targeted towards women audiences.  The movie also opened the pathway towards starting a new female empowerment movement in pop culture and breaking down barriers for women in Hollywood. Studios followed up with other atypical female-driven comedies like “The Heat,” “Pitch Perfect” and “The To Do List.”

 

The revival of female filmmakers in Hollywood was also not lost on the TriStar chief Thomas E. Rothman who stated that, "Everybody talks about it needing to change, but Kristen actually wants to do something about it."

When the pair were asked why they waited so long to start another project together they replied, “We wanted it to be the right time and the right idea,” they wrote in an email response to the question, “and both of those elements have come together.”

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