For a few months now, Kristen Wiig has been talking about a film project she’s been hoping to get off the ground called Imogene, in which she would play a New York playwright forced to live with her mother after faking a suicide attempt meant to get the attention of her ex-boyfriend. Now, two months after the massive success of Bridesmaids, Wiig is getting her wish. Maven Pictures (the new company headed by The Kids Are All Right producer Celine Rattray and actress/filmmaker Trudie Styler) and Anonymous Content announced today that the film will begin shooting in New York next month (Winter’s Bone’s Alix Madigan will also produce). American Splendor collaborators Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who have long been attached to Imogene, will direct the film.
Audiences have clearly shown that Wiig is a bankable movie star, particularly in ensemble comedies. Now she’ll have the chance to truly headline a film for the first time. If the moment ever was right to make that leap, it’s now.