Sister Act 3 is being developed for Disney's streaming service, Disney Plus. The original Sister Act starred Whoopi Goldberg as a casino lounge singer who, after seeing a mob murder, is offered protection by the police and hides as a nun at a downtrodden Catholic parish. It went on to become a hit at the 1990 box office and ultimately got a sequel (titled Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit) three years later, as well as a stage musical adaptation in the mid-2000s.
Disney, which distributed the original film through its Buena Vista Pictures, eventually set work on a Sister Act remake in 2015. While the project ultimately fell by the wayside, the Mouse House clearly still sees the value in the Sister Act brand and is now working on a soft reboot, by the sound of it. Sister Act 3 will apparently feature a new cast - though Goldberg has said she's willing and ready to cameo in the film, as deemed appropriate.
According to Variety, Sister Act 3 is being written by Insecure writer/producer Regina Y. Hicks and Star showrunner Karin Gist. The pair also wrote the Camp Rock films, so they already have experience writing musical comedies for the Mouse House (the Disney Channel, in that case). It's still early days on the project, however, so it might be awhile before either a director and/or cast are announced.
Sister Act 3 is one of several live-action movies and TV series currently being developed for Disney's streaming service. The company is also working on a live-action Lady and the Tramp remake for Disney Plus, in addition to a High Fidelity TV show starring Zoë Kravitz, and non-animated Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars series. Disney further intends to release films like Anna Kendrick's Christmas comedy Noelle - which was originally slated to hit theaters - as exclusives through Disney Plus, instead.
All things considered, the Sister Act brand makes sense for Disney Plus' family-friendly outlook. Of course, fans of the original films no doubt have mixed feelings about the property being revived - as do those who would rather see Disney focus on developing more original IPs for its streaming service, instead. Still, Sister Act 3 might be a better idea than a remake, especially if it leads to Goldberg covering "I Will Follow Him" in a movie again.
We will bring you more details on Sister Act 3 as they become available.