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'Sister Act' remake in development with 'Legally Blonde' writers

'Sister Act' remake in development with 'Legally Blonde' writers
Kathy Najimy, Whoopi Goldberg and Wendy Makkena in "Sister Act 2." (Walt Disney Pictures)

They say old habits die hard. Such is the case with a new take on the '90s comedy "Sister Act" that's in development at Disney.

The studio has tapped screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah — whose credits include "Legally Blonde," "10 Things I Hate About You" and "The House Bunny" — to script the remake, The Times has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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Plot details have yet to be revealed for the film, except that it will be based on the 1992 music-themed caper starring Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno nightclub singer who goes into protective custody in a San Francisco convent to hide out from her mobster boyfriend; once there, she shakes up the nunnery with sass and soul music.

The original movie was a box office hit that spawned a sequel a year later and, more recently, a stage musical.

It's not yet known whether Goldberg will be involved in the new "Sister Act," whether on screen or off, and the film does not yet have a director or release date. Alli Shearmur ("Cinderella") is attached to produce.

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