- Published on Wednesday, October 17 2012
- Written by Felix Kay
Annie Mumolo has got the writing itch. Fresh off the success of her Oscar-nominated feature film Bridesmaids, she is at it again working on another writing project.
The word on the street is that Mumolo has closed a deal with Fox 2000 to tell the life story of Joy Mangano “Mother of Invention”, a single mom from Long Island who raised three kids on her own. After years of struggling, Mangano became one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, selling her enterprise, Ingenious Designs, in a multi-million dollar deal with HSN.
Amongst being tied to the Joy Magano story, Mumolo is currently writing and developing an untitled comedy about three girls who travel to New York to celebrate New Year's Eve. Along the way, they run into some unexpected troubles, but despite what is thrown in front of them, the girls are on a mission to make it before the ball drops.
Mumolo said, "I wanted to write a story based on the things my friends and I are experiencing in our 30s that completely took us by surprise. It was important to me that the story really captures the issues and struggles we are going through in a funny and authentic way. We were stuck home on New Year's Eve, and everybody else got to go to parties, and we made a video that night. We were laughing so hard (watching it), and my friend said she was 100% positive that she's never had as much fun as she did when she was 16. And I just thought about that a lot, how we go from 'I'm going to change the world' to 'I'm just trying to figure out where I fit in'."
Mumolo started her career as a member of The Groundlings, an improv comedy group. Known for her quick and witty personality, she got her big break appearing in the feature film Bewitched. After a successful career in front of the camera, appearing on numerous television shows such as “Two and a Half Men”, “Out of Practice”, and a long-running voice role in the cartoon “Curious George”, Mumolo went on to co-write her own feature film Bridesmaids, which not only was a big hit at the box office, but earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
In Hollywood, it is not uncommon for an actor to move behind the lens; but unlike the common transition from actor to director, Mumolo has transitioned into a successful screenwriter with nonstop work ahead of her. This December, she will appear in the Judd Apatow-directed This Is 40, and she is also working on a new series titled “Afternoon Delight”, which is set to air on television in 2013.
We got to chat with Annie at the YH Studio while she was still in the throes of the Award Season rush!
- Felix Kay, YH Staff