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‘South Park’ Writer to Take ‘Girl’s Trip’ With Malcolm D. Lee, Universal

Will Packer (”Ride Along“) will produce the comedy

Universal Pictures has hired “South Park” veteran Erica Rivinoja to write the screenplay for Malcolm D. Lee‘s comedy “Untitled Girls Trip Project,” the studio announced Wednesday.

Will Packer (“Ride Along”) will produce the movie, while Lee will executive produce. Production is scheduled to start this summer in New Orleans.

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Rivinoja was a writer on Sony’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” On the TV side, Rivinoja has an overall deal with Sony and most recently was a co-executive producer on CBS’s “Bad Teacher.” She was previously a co-executive producer on NBC’s “Up All Night.”

Prior to that, she worked on Comedy Central’s “South Park” for eleven seasons, working her way up the ranks from staff writer to producer. She shared in the show’s two Emmy wins in 2008 and 2009 for Outstanding Animated Program and two nominations in the same category in 2002 and 2010.

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Lee recently directed the hit dramedy “The Best Man Holiday” for Universal.

Rivinoja is represented by UTA and attorney Ken Richman.

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