Kristen Wiig to Make Directorial Debut in New Film

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Kristen Wiig is reuniting with her Bridesmaids co-writer, Annie Mumolo, in a new TriStar film that will also mark her debut as a director.

According to the New York Times, Wiig and Mumolo will write, produce and star in the untitled comedy, which follows "best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with."

"We're very excited to be writing," the writing duo 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."

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

“Kristen and Annie assured me that the film will be a searing and depressing drama, which is what the world needs right now. So we grabbed it. Perhaps more to the point, these two supremely talented ladies are always ahead of the comedy curve, and as we at TriStar push for originality, we are lucky as hell to be in business with them,” said TriStar chief Thomas E. Rothman. “The chance to hopefully make Kristen’s first film as a director is the cherry on top.”

Wiig and Mumolo's 2011 Bridesmaids grossed $228 million worldwide on a $32 million budget and earned them an Oscar nomination for their original screenplay.

Bridesmaids led the way for other female driven-comedies like The Heat, Pitch Perfect and The To Do List, proving that female filmmakers could indeed make it in the Hollywood big leagues.

"Everybody talks about it needing to change, but Kristen actually wants to do something about it," said Rothman, referring for the need for more female filmmakers.

The former Saturday Night Live star has recently departed from comedy a bit into more serious roles with films like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hateship, Loveship and the upcoming The Skeleton Twins.

Mumolo is known for her roles in This Is 40, Afternoon Delight and the NBC series About a Boy. More recently, she wrote the screenplay for Joy, an upcoming biopic starring Jennifer Lawrence as the inventor of the Miracle Mop. The film will be directed by David O. Russell.

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