Sorvino and Kudrow stirred rumors of a sequel after taking the stage at the SAG Awards earlier this year.
Romy and Michele are ready to reunite after 25 years, confirmed stars Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. The 1997 comedy movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion has a cult following of its own and after years of rumors, Sorvino and Kudrow have said a sequel is in the works. Both have said the project is still just finding its feet. Robin Schiff, who penned the original is yet to finalize the idea but during an interview with SiriusXM, Kudrow confirmed Schiff is “thinking about it and coming up with something." She then quipped, "Isn’t that thrilling?” Sorvino also spoke about the sequel in an interview with TODAY. “We’re getting closer. Something might be in the works. There’s nothing official to report, but I can unofficially hint that we’re closer than we’ve ever been to getting something to happen,” said Sorvino, reported Variety.
Robin Schiff originally created the characters Romy and Michele for her 1988 stage play Ladies’ Room which starred Kudrow. Schiff said the two were originally written as supporting characters who hung out in the women's bathroom of a bar. “This was a long time ago. I felt like we hadn’t heard how women talk when men aren’t around, so I wanted to capture that,” said Schiff about the play, reported TODAY. “Romy and Michele were filler characters who appeared between the scenes with the main characters. I wanted there to be two girls who go to the bar just looking for guys. In the play, they were pretty disgusting. Pretty different than how they wound up being in the movie.” When Disney executives read the play, they wanted the duo as the main characters.
This then became a film in 1997 with Oscar winner Sorvino joining Kudrow. The two starred as two unsuccessful 28-year-olds who invent fake careers to impress their former classmates at their 10-year high school reunion. The film was a moderate success at the box office but with time, became a cult classic. “Those films had a huge young female audience that would go to the movies again and again," said Schiff. "I think that it was a little window where execs cared about the female audience. Usually, studios don’t give a sh*t about the female audience, but for that little window, at that particular time, they did.”
While there have always been rumors of a sequel, the idea of a second part gathered storm after Sorvino and Kudrow took the stage at the SAG Awards earlier this year in February to present an award. The duo also leaned into their characters, donning pink and blue suits, evoking memories of their metallic minidresses from the movie. “Do you think that this is the cutest anyone has ever looked at an awards show?” Kudrow asked Sorvino, recalling a dialogue from the film. Sorvino quipped, “I just realized this, we’re wearing great ensembles while at the same time presenting to great ensembles.” The pair had taken the stage to present an award for outstanding ensemble in comedy series.
Lisa Kudrow had earlier hinted at fans to push for the movie. "Tell Disney you want a sequel!" said Kudrow, reported CNN. "Robin Schiff will figure it out. She's got ideas brewing." Kudrow said she would love for Schiff to explore what has become of the characters. "Yeah, I would. I think it would be really fun. And then a little like, 'What are they like at our age?'" she said.