Disney is developing a remake of the classic Whoopi Goldberg comedy Sister Act.
Released in 1992, Sister Act starred Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer sent into witness protection at a San Francisco convent after she she glimpses her mobster boyfriend having his chauffeur killed. Harvey Keitel played her boyfriend, while Maggie Smith co-starred as the convent’s frosty Mother Superior.
Sister Act was a big hit at the box office, grossing over $230 million (£150 million) globally, and a sequel called Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit followed in 1993. Alongside Goldberg and Smith, it featured a young Lauryn Hill in a supporting role.
Disney’s planned remake is being written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten Smith, whose previous scripting credits include Legally Blonde, She’s The Man and 10 Things I Hate About You. Allison Shearmur, one of the producers of Disney’s recent live-action remake of Cinderella, is attached to produce, TheWrap reports.
At present, it is unknown whether Goldberg or any of the other original cast members will return for the remake. Goldberg served as a producer on an acclaimed stage musical version of Sister Act which opened in London’s West End in 2009 and on Broadway in New York 2011. She played the Mother Superior role in the West End production for around a month of its 15-month run.