Mira Sorvino, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in the 1997 comedy “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” recently provided an update on the long-awaited sequel. In an interview, Sorvino revealed that writer Robin Schiff, who penned the original film, is returning to work on the follow-up movie. However, Schiff’s commitment to a Netflix series has been preventing her from finishing the script. Sorvino explained, “She’s currently working on Emily in Paris, so she’s finishing up her draft to present to the studio. Lisa [Kudrow] and I are wrapping up our deals as executive producers on it with the studio. We’re full force ahead.”
Directed by David Mirkin and based on Schiff’s screenplay adapted from the 1988 stage play “Ladies Room,” “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” centers around the title characters’ attempts to impress their former classmates by inventing fake careers. The film, which starred Sorvino and Kudrow, was joined by a talented ensemble cast, including Janeane Garofalo, Alan Cumming, and Justin Theroux. Although the film received moderate success at the box office upon its release, it has since gained a dedicated cult following.
Sorvino shared her vision for the upcoming sequel, expressing her desire for Romy and Michele to remain relatable while maintaining their lovable and somewhat foolish nature. She believes that the characters have not learned much over the years but retain their unwavering spirit and friendship that endears them to audiences. Sorvino emphasized the importance of preserving the heart of the original film in the sequel, ensuring that it stays true to the core of the beloved characters.
In 2005, a prequel to “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” titled “Romy and Michele: In the Beginning” was produced by ABC Family. This television film starred Katherine Heigl as Romy and Alexandra Breckenridge as Michele. The prequel followed the early days of the characters’ friendship and was written and directed by Robin Schiff herself.
With the sequel now in active development, fans of the original film can look forward to a continuation of Romy and Michele’s comedic journey. The return of the original writer and the involvement of Sorvino and Kudrow as executive producers promise to deliver an authentic and enjoyable follow-up. As audiences eagerly anticipate the release of the sequel, they can rest assured that the spirit and heart of Romy and Michele will be preserved, providing a delightful and nostalgic experience.