Universal has tapped Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 co-writer Erica Rivinoja to pen Will Packer‘s untitled Girl’s Trip comedy. Packer, coming off of the Universal hit Ride Along, set this up last month as his first film under his new lucrative stuido deal via Will Packer Productions. He hired Best Man’s Holiday helmer Malcolm D. Lee to direct. Universal is still keeping details of the script under wraps, but production is set to begin this summer in New Orleans. Lee will also executive produce.
In addition to writing Cloudy 2 with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Rivinoja on the TV side inked a two-year overall deal with Sony last year and was a co-executive producer on CBS’ Bad Teacher this development cycle. It premieres April 24. She also was a co-exec producer on NBC’s Up All Night. Before that she spent 11 seasons on Comedy Central’s South Park, where she rose from staff writer to producer and shared in the series’ two Emmy wins in 2008 and 2009. She is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.