Mandate takes road trip with Mumolo

Picks up untitled comedy project from scribe

Mandate has picked up an untitled comedy project from Annie Mumolo to be produced by scribes Dana Fox and Lorene Scafaria.

The female-driven road-trip comedy follows three girlfriends, disillusioned by the reality of their thirties, who plan a New Year's Eve party in New York City. When they are waylaid by a snowstorm, they hit the road, still intent on making it to the city before the celebratory ball drops.

Mumolo, who is now writing the script, came up with the idea for the story when she and a friend found a videotape they made while they were in high school.

"We were stuck home on New Year's Eve, and everybody else got to go to parties, and we made a video that night," Mumolo said. "We were laughing so hard (watching it), and my friend said she was a 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 met with writers Fox ("What Happens in Vegas") and Scafaria, two like-minded scribes who were looking to produce female-driven comedies. The meeting between the three writers went so well that Fox and Scafaria took the project to Mandate. Scafaria wrote "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" for Mandate and is hoping to make her directorial debut with "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," which she wrote and was also set up at Mandate. Fox and Scafaria, along with Diablo Cody, who wrote the Mandate comedy "Juno," as well as writer Liz Meriwether, are part of a female-centric writer group called the Fempire.

Mandate's Nathan Kahane went for the project, seeing it as a complement to the other female-voiced comedies the company has done. Kahane will executive produce with Tendo Nagenda overseeing the project on behalf of Mandate.

Mumolo, a performer with comedy troupe the Groundlings, wrote for the ABC show "In the Motherhood" and has done voice work for several cartoons. She recently co-wrote a script with Kristen Wiig that is set up at Universal with Judd Apatow producing.

Mumolo is repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment.
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