‘Sister Act’ Remake in the Works at Disney

Sister Act remake
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A remake of Whoopi Goldberg’s comedy “Sister Act” is in the works at Disney.

Goldberg is not yet involved with the new “Sister Act.” Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah are on board to write the screenplay, and Allison Shearmur (“Cinderella”) will produce. The writers’ credits include “Ella Enchanted,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Legally Blonde,” “The House Bunny” and “She’s the Man.”

The original 1992 film focused on Goldberg’s lounge singer hiding out from the mob at a San Francisco convent, where she pretended to be nun. “Sister Act” also starred Maggie Smith and Harvey Keitel.

The movie generated $232 million worldwide, while the 1993 sequel, “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” grossed $57 million in the U.S. The film was also the basis of a successful Broadway musical.

Smith is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney Warren Dern. McCullah is repped by Verve, Jaret Entertainment and Dern.

The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. I loved both the Sister Act movies. Actually I liked the second one the best because of the kids. But to make a Sister Act movie without Whoopie….no thanks. I will not watch it.

  2. A says:

    Will they recast it with a white lead?

  3. GeorgeValentin says:

    No! This equates to remaking “The Bells of St. Mary’s.”

  4. Mick Kleber says:

    Kevin Hart for the Goldberg role.

  5. Elson says:

    The eighth Deadly Sin is movie remakes.

  6. ifirefly says:

    A new idea, stellar cast and making it family friendly made the first Sister Act sing. Can they do it again? I agree with everyone. Not without Whoppi.

    We have plenty of great screenwriters. Why force them to integrate old ideas? Just because the first one did well, the second did not, and a third?

    Here’s a plan:

    1) Hire great screenwriters
    2) Tell them you want something that has never been done before, about ______ (pick any noun)
    3) Leave them alone for six weeks
    4) If you like the screenplay, and your wife and teenagers like it, make the movie
    5) If you don’t like it, go back to 2) with a new noun and repeat
    6) If it still sucks, get new acreenwriters

  7. John Cesari says:


  8. lee says:

    i love both sister act movies but shame on your disney get new writers and come up with new ideas dont ruin the legendary sister act!

  9. quinn says:

    Yawn….another boring remake. What else is new?

  10. No Whoopi, no interest! :( She made the first movie and some of that cast cannot be recast well!

  11. Remake Jet Lag says:

    While we are at it, let’s remake Ishtar, Waterworld and the Lone Ranger…

  12. Ima Right says:

    These two sure write some horrible crappy movies! amazing they can still get jobs writing even a
    menu for Mc Donalds. what a joke! and another remake of a horrible crappy movie! more genius
    from Hollyweird! I’m sure it will be filled with more anti religious crap from these two no talents.

  13. I wish Hollywood would stop with the remakes…where the hell has creativity gone?

  14. cadavra says:

    Can’t Pope Francis do anything to stop this?

  15. The Editor says:

    Reblogged this on Entertainment Suite.

  16. Kenny says:

    A “live-action remake?” Didn’t realize the original was hand-drawn…

    That aside, is Disney doing this under the Touchstone label or will this be advertised as “Disney Sister Act?”

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