Get Ready to Party! Bridesmaids Writing Duo Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Team Up for New Movie
The comedy dream team is set to co-write and star in their Bridesmaids follow-up, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
The Kristen Wiig-Annie Mumolo reunion fans have been waiting for is finally here.
Eight years after co-writing their box office success Bridesmaids, Wiig and Mumolo are teaming up with Lionsgate for a new movie called Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
Wig and Mumolo are set to co-star in the film as Midwestern besties who vacation to Florida. The movie will be helmed by Josh Greenbaum, who’s directed a few episodes of New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat, and is set to hit theaters next year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barb and Star’s Florida getaway gets messy and “they find themselves tangled up in a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town.”
Fans have been asking for a sequel to the hit 2011 movie, which also starred Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, since it hit theaters, but past comments from the cast and crew have all-but shut down the possibility.
“It’s really up to Kristen, but also, sequels are dangerous,” Bridesmaids director Paul Feige said at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. “People always say they want a sequel to Bridesmaids but the whole reason that movie worked was [Wiig’s character] is a mess and she learned how to repair her life, so you can’t do a sequel and she’s a mess and has to repair her life again. And people tend to think the artifice around all that is what made the movie great, but it was really that emotional journey and so, you almost kind of have to be careful of it.”
In the meantime, Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane promises that this next Wiig-Mumolo project will not disappoint.
“It is such an honor that Kristen and Annie have entrusted us with their follow-up to Bridesmaids. Their projects offer a rare combination of big laughs, big heart and female empowerment that everyone will love — men and women, young and old,” Kahane said in a statement on Wednesday.