Kristen Wiig Options 'Clown Girl' Book to Both Write & Star In
by Alex Billington
May 6, 2010
Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig seems to be blazing her own trail by using her own money to option the rights to a novel called Clown Girl written by Monica Drake. Deadline reports that Wiig will adapt the book into a feature script and probably play the lead character of Nita, a "clown in crisis" who works street fairs as Sniffles the Clown. She used to be with her "dream man" but he used her to finance his attendance at clown college and ran off, so she's barely surviving in "Baloneytown" and trying to resist the urge to join the "lucrative prostitution trade involving clown fetishists." Wow this seems incredibly dark and very ambitious.
Deadline doesn't reveal much else about the project besides those basic details. Wiig is already working on a project for Universal right now that she co-wrote the script for with Annie Mumolo. She will play a maid of honor who battles a bridesmaid for the attention and approval of the bride and is joined by Jon Hamm, Rose Byrne and Dianne Wiest in that comedy, which will be directed by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel. I've never been that impressed with Wiig, even with her supporting comedic roles, but if she can actually make me enjoy a movie about a sad clown, then I'm all for it. Does this have potential?
I adore this novel and Monica Drake, but I cannot say the same for Wiig. Hopefully her writing is better than her.. in general??
Lauren on May 7, 2010
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