Kristen Wiig has written a new comedy with her Bridesmaids co-writer and it sounds epic

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Eight years ago the world was blessed with Bridesmaids, and now the screenwriters have reunited to write a new comedy

If you haven’t seen 2011 global hit movie Bridesmaids, where have you been? The comedy, based on female friendship, is famed for laugh-out-loud moments and *that* food poisoning scene.

And now, the brains behind the Oscar-nominated screenplay, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, are back with new comedy Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar.

The film follows the story of best friends Barb and Star (also played by Wiig and Mumolo) who venture outside their small Midwestern town for the first time – ever – to go on holiday to Vista Del Mar, Florida.

However, it turns out to be far from relaxing; the pair soon find themselves caught up in a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in the town. 

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo at The Comedy Awards 2012
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo on stage at The Comedy Awards 2012

To top off Wiig’s and Mumolo’s talent, the film is set to be produced by female-focused production company Gloria Sanchez Productions, which was founded by none other than Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

When Bridesmaids was released back in 2011 it launched Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy to stardom and grossed an eye-watering $288.4 million worldwide. 

It even received two Oscar nominations.

But, despite this widespread success (and our crossed fingers), there has never been a sequel. Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar will mark the first time Wiig and Mumolo have collaborated since Bridesmaids’ release.

The project was originally announced in 2014, with Wiig as director. The movie will now go ahead with Lionsgate’s backing. 

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Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar is planned for release in 2020, and will be headed up by director Josh Greenbaum, who has worked on episodes for New Girl and Fresh Off the Boat.

Speaking to Variety, Greenbaum said he was thrilled to be working with the comedic pair.

“I’m so excited to be part of this movie which showcases Kristen and Annie’s original, fresh and undeniably hilarious voice in spades,” he said. “I’m also always looking for projects with titles that rhyme, so it really all worked out on this one.”

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time.

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