Future Looks Bright for Melissa McCarthy with Four New Comedies
After audiences turned out in surprising numbers for the R-rated wedding comedy Bridesmaids, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who didn't absolutely love every second that Melissa McCarthy was on-screen. Now fresh off of an Emmy win for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on "Mike & Molly," the future looks as bright as ever for the hilarious actress as she has no less than four upcoming comedies that will keep her in the spotlight. We've already heard about one that will re-team her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and co-star Jon Hamm, but there are three more in the works as well.
The Bridesmaids reunion of sorts is now going by the title Dumb Jock, and while details are sparse on the new comedy, it's said to follow an unconventional romance between a man (Hamm) who becomes obsessed with a woman (McCarthy). Likely Hamm is playing some sort of dimwitted jock from McCarthy's high school days who falls in love with her years later, but that's just speculation on my part. The other planned project we've already heard about that doesn't even count amongst the four new aforementioned comedies is ID Theft with Jason Bateman, a film that originally followed a guy who gets his identity stolen by another man, but now it will be McCarthy stealing Bateman's identity as the script was retooled specifically for her.
As for the trio of new projects for McCarthy, there aren't too many details emerging from THR's cover story on the actress, but here's what we know. One of them will re-team McCarthy with Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo and follows the actress as the mastermind of a plan to hijack the Stanley Cup in order to cheer up her sick husband. Meanwhile, another project with zero plot details will have McCarthy working with The Help director Tate Taylor. The two knew each other when working with the comedy troupe The Groundlings, and now they're apparently working on writing a dark comedy together.
However, it's the third project that really sounds like the most developed, and seems to be a bit of a passion project for the female comedian. The film is called Tammy and McCarthy says, "It’s so funny, and it also kind of breaks my heart." The film sounds funny but also has the potential to be very touching as it's said to follow a woman who is leading an exceptionally unfulfilled life who wakes up one morning as things are crumbling around her only to decide she has to get out of town. But the only way to do that is in her grandmother’s car and of course her heavy-drinking grandmother insists on going along for what becomes a wild road trip to Mount Rushmore. The actress says, "It’s these two women who are not where they thought they’d be, and they kind of band together.” But before any of these projects will hit theaters, we'll see McCarthy in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spin-off This Is Forty. Sound good?