Fresh off the funny and bizarre Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo and collaborating once again, this time to write a live-action movie for Disney about Cinderella’s evil stepsisters.
The project will reportedly be a fairy tale musical comedy that seeks to re-imagine the classic Cinderella story from the point of view of the Disney princess’ wicked stepsisters, Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine, as they struggle to uphold their family’s legacy. The story will follow them from their early childhood through Cinderella’s marriage to Prince Charming and beyond.
The film is in the earliest stages of development, so it has yet to be decided whether Wiig and Mumolo will star in the film themselves. Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions are also producing.
Wiig and Mumolo go way back. They met at LA-based improv group The Groundlings and quickly became friends, going on to earn an Oscar nomination together for writing Bridesmaids. Mumolo usually sticks to writing and supporting roles, so Barb & Star was the first film they co-starred in together.
The movie reportedly outperformed Lionsgate’s internal expectations when it was release on VOD earlier this year, and combine that with the huge success of Bridesmaids, and it seems that when Wiig and Mumolo team up, good things happen. So it’s no surprise that Disney wants them for this Cinderella project.
This will be the latest Disney film to revolve around villains. The studio is currently prepping the release of Cruella starring Emma Stone, and it is also developing a Disney+ Beauty And The Beast prequel series that will follow the adventures of Gaston and LeFou. These come on the heels of films such as Maleficent and Into The Woods.
This strategy is probably more refreshing to audiences. Rather than just remake old classics, reinventing them from a different perspective is far more interesting. It will be fun to see what Wiig and Mumolo can do with the classic Cinderella universe. Now we wait and see if they decide to star in the film themselves.
Wiig will spend the summer shooting the Macgruber series for Peacock alongside fellow SNL alumni Will Forte. She’s also lending her voice to a couple of animated movies – fantasy film A Boy Called Christmas and the another installment of the Despicable Me franchise. Mumolo will next be seen in crime comedy Queenpins alongside Kristen Bell and Vince Vaughn.