Kristen Wiig set to make directorial debut for TriStar Productions

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “Saturday Night Live” alum Kristen Wiig is all set to direct her first film, a comedy, for TriStar Productions, it was announced Wednesday.

The yet-to-be-titled film, which Wiig will work on with “Bridesmaids” co-star Annie Mumolo, follows “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.”

In a statement, Wiig and Mumolo said, “We’re very excited to be writing. 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.”

Wiig, on the other hand, said, “I’ve been wanting to direct for some time now. This seems like the perfect first project.” Further details are yet to be released.

Aside from writing the film, the duo will also produce and star in it. Wiig and Mumolo have gained an Oscar nomination for the 2011 hit flick “Bridesmaids,” which grossed $288 million worldwide, a far cry from the film’s $32 million budget.

Meanwhile, TriStar Productions chairman Thomas E. Rothman, without giving away details, said in a statement, “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. The chance to hopefully make Kristen’s first film as a director is the cherry on top.”

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