Paul Feig to develop rom-com for BRIDESMAIDS’ Melissa McCarthy

by: Kristal Bailey
May 17th, 2011

After the box office and critical success of BRIDESMAIDS, it’s no surprise that Paul Feig and Judd Apatow want to work with a few of those ladies again. The R-rated BRIDESMAIDS just amassed over $26.6 million during its opening weekend, which is a big number for a raunchy ensemble comedy, especially with an all-female cast.

With the success, it looks like Feig’s plate is getting pretty full. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly on two of his new projects, which include a bigger studio project and another Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. “If an actress like Melissa becomes a huge star? THAT is a world I want to live in,” Feig told EW.

In a movie filled with laughs and tons of memorable lines, McCarthy stole the show. Already the lead on CBS’s sitcom Mike & Molly, it looks like her career is about to sk rocket. She’s been on TV for years, but always as the supporting role: the best friend to the Lorelei on Gilmore Girls, the best friend to Ryan Reynolds in THE NINES, etc. Now it looks like she’ll finally get to be front and center to show off just how hilariously talented she is.

Annie Mumolo, co-writer of BRIDESMAIDS along with Kristen Wiig, and McCarthy have also just sold an untitled comedy pitch to Paramount. The film would focus on a married couple and the wife’s group of friends as they journey to steal the Stanley Cup, since doctors can’t seem to cure her sick husband.

This idea was conceived of by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone. He had a small role in BRIDESMAIDS as the Air Marshal and love interest to McCarthy. This sounds like a very different project from Paul Feig’s rom-com starring her, so she’s got at least two projects in the pipeline. If BRIDESMAIDS can keep up the momentum at the box office, expect both these projects to be put on the fast track to capitalize off her new stardom.

Sources Entertainment Weekly and Deadline, via The Playlist

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