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Disney is working on building up its upcoming streaming service, Disney+, into a powerhouse right out of the gate. In addition to original series based around Marvel and Star Wars, the streaming service will reportedly be the home for the long-rumored Sister Act 3. However, this comes with a major caveat -- because Whoopi Goldberg reportedly won't be involved with the new film.
First arriving in theaters in 1992, Sister Act follows Delores, a Reno lounge singer who witnesses her mob boss boyfriend commit a murder. She enters witness protection and is placed with a new identity in a convent in San Fransisco. Delores learns to adjust to her drastically new lifestyle, making friends with the nuns while bringing nationwide fame to the convent's choir.
The original was pretty successful, scoring $231 million worldwide. It was closely followed by a sequel in one year later, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. This time Delores is brought back to the convent to help teach the music class for a down-on-its-luck Catholic school.
Twenty-five years after the release of the sequel, Disney is trying to revive the franchise with Sister Act 3. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new film will join the Disney+ streaming service. Regina Hicks, an executive producer on HBO's Insecure, and Karin Gist, showrunner of Fox's Star, are writing the script for the film.
However, this story will not include Whoopi Goldberg or her character Delores. The actresses reps released a statement that Goldberg would not be involved because Sister Act 3 is "not a continuation." So, it seems that Sister Act 3 will tell the story of a whole new character for a new generation of viewers to enjoy.
This is not entirely new information, as Whoopi Goldberg had previously said in September that Disney was moving in a new direction with Sister Act 3 and she likely wouldn't have much involvement. It's not really correct to call it Sister Act 3, so we'll just have to wait until Disney offers a new tile for us to reference.
There's no word on a release window for the new Sister Act film, but Disney+ is on track to launch later in 2019. The streaming service is building up quite the library, which includes shows for Avengers characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch, a Rogue One prequel series, a live-action Lady and the Tramp film, and Anna Kendrick's female Santa film.
Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available to us. In the meantime, stay up to date with everything that will be hitting theaters next year with our handy 2019 movie release guide.