Sister Act 3 is officially on the way to Disney+.
It’s been 26 years since the original film, which starred Whoopi Goldberg as a Reno lounge singer who went into protective custody at a San Francisco convent. After pretending to be a nun, Dolores, aka. Sister Mary Clarence, ended up turning the convent’s choir into a crowd-pleasing sensation, putting her cover in jeopardy. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit came one year later, with Dolores brought back to help train a choir in a school staffed by nuns from the convent.
Now, a quarter of a century on, Disney is also getting back in the habit, as its streaming service, Disney+, steps up development on a very belated third entry. Insecure’s co-EP Regina Hicks and Star showrunner Karin Gist have been hired to pen the script for the film. It joins a number of titles ordered based on popular Disney hits, from a live-action Lady and the Tramp to a reboot of High School Musical, as well as Togo, a live-action version of the film that inspired Disney animation Balto. Disney+ is also planning to release several Marvel TV series, starting with a project featuring Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. (Original titles in the works include Nicole, a Santa film starring Anna Kendrick.)
Hicks and Gist have worked together before several times, including two Camp Rock films. Whether the film will mark a reunion for the franchise and Whoopi Goldberg, meanwhile, is still not yet known. Since the sequel/reboot was mooted several years ago, Goldberg has previously put herself in contention to direct the movie, but has also confirmed that Sister Act 3 will take a “different direction” from the previous movies.
“It will be a brand new rendition of Sister Act, and I guess I’ll walk through a scene and that’s how they’ll say I was part of it,” she told Good Morning Britain earlier this year.