Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, having earned an Oscar nomination for writing Bridesmaids together, are set to reunite. The duo will star in the Lionsgate comedy Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar. They also co-wrote the movie, while Josh Greenbaum (Too Funny To Fail) will direct. Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing via their female-focused production company, Gloria Sanchez.
The story revolves around best friends Barb and Star, who leave their small midwestern town for the first time to visit Vista Del Mar, Florida. They soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s plot to kill everyone in town. So, your usual holiday.
Wiig previously revealed in December 2017 that she and Mumolo were working on another script together, though at the time it was unclear what exactly. The project only recently landed at Lionsgate, and will reportedly release sometime next year.
Elbaum said in a statement: “Having the opportunity to work with and support such talented female artists like Kristen and Annie is the reason we created Gloria Sanchez. We are thrilled to be partnering with them on this project, and help them bring Barb and Star to the big screen”.
Wiig has become a household name thanks to Saturday Night Live and her film roles in Ghostbusters, The Martian, and The Skeleton Twins, to name a few. She’ll next be seen in Richard Linklater‘s Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, and will also play antagonist Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984.
Mumolo, in addition to Bridesmaids, earned a “story by” credit on David O. Russell‘s Joy. Acting wise, she’s appeared in Transparent and Lady Dynamite on TV, and This Is 40 and Bad Moms on the silver screen.
If Wiig and Mumolo can capture similar magic that catapulted Bridesmaids into the canon of modern comedy classics, Barb and Star will become just as iconic characters. The next Lionsgate film will also be a comedy – Long Shot, starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.