The sequel was to be titled, fittingly, Wishful Drinking Strikes Back: From Star Wars to, uh, Star Wars! and would have reunited Fisher with Joshua Ravetch, who directed the 2006 original. The Geffen Playhouse reportedly commissioned the piece last Thursday, December 22nd. A day later, Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She died Tuesday at age 60.
In a statement, the Geffen Playhouse said of Fisher, “She was a wickedly funny force of nature and it was a privilege and a pleasure to have her on our stage. We send our love to her family and friends as we all mourn this tremendous loss.”
Following its original run at the Geffen, Fisher took Wishful Drinking to Berkeley, California, Seattle and Washington D.C. before doing a limited run on Broadway in 2009 and 2010. HBO released a documentary of the performance in 2010 as well, while the show also served as the inspiration for Fisher’s 2008 autobiography of the same name.
In Wishful Drinking, Fisher delved into her unique upbringing – she was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher – her struggles with addiction, mental health and appearance, as well as her love-hate relationship with Star Wars.