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Kristen Wiig Gets Passion Project, Imogene, Off The Ground With American Splendor Directors

Following the ridiculous and well-deserved success of Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig has launched herself to the top of the comedy totem pole. The film, which she not only starred in but co-wrote, is now the sixth highest grossing romantic comedy of all time and has made more money than any of Judd Apatow's other projects. When you make that much money, you start impressing people and when you start impressing people in Hollywood they let you do whatever the hell you want. Hence why Wiig's passion project, Imogene, is now getting made.

Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the pair behind American Splendor, the film will star Wiig as Imogene, a woman so desperate to win back the affections of her ex-boyfriend she fakes a suicide attempt. Rather than having the desired effect, however, the stunt lands her in the custody of her mother, a heavy gambling addict. Variety has it that the script was written by Michelle Morgan, who will executive produce alongside Wiig and Steve Golin. Wiig has been trying to get the movie made for the last two years with no success, but now the film is scheduled to begin production on August 8 in New York.

While the character does sound at least a little similar to Annie, I'm willing to give Wiig the benefit of the doubt and hope that she can do something creative with it. What I'm really curious about now is who the production will find to play the mother, who sounds like a character any veteran would love to sink their teeth into. Shame Jill Clayburgh isn't still around; they made a fantastic pair.

Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.