Wiig steps into the spotlight

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PRODUCERS:
Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend

ORIGINS:
“I met Kristen (Wiig) when she did ‘Knocked Up,’ and she was so funny and interesting that I thought I would love to see a movie where she was the lead,” Apatow says. “I asked her if she had any ideas, and she came in a few months later and said she and her writing partner Annie Mumolo had this idea about a maid of honor.”

FUNDING:
“I brought the idea to Universal, and they were very enthusiastic about making a movie with Kristen. At the time we didn’t think of it as a movie that starred a lot of women and that that would be the hook. We were all excited to make a Kristen Wiig movie, and it slowly evolved into what it became. We sold the movie on a pitch, and they were the ones waiting for us to say we were ready.”

HIGH HURDLES:
“The only obstacle to getting it made was determining when the script was ready. It took a few years to finish. As soon as we were happy with the script, we found the actresses to work with Kristen, and it took off.”

DOMINO EFFECT:
“One of the most important decisions we made was figuring out who should direct the movie. I had worked with Paul Feig on ‘Freaks and Geeks’ in 1999, and it seemed like a perfect scenario for us to collaborate again. After we hired Paul, we read a ridiculous number of talented actors. It turned out to be mostly people Kristen knew and had worked with.”

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