Fox is Making 'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig Their Own Judd Apatow
by Ethan Anderton
January 10, 2013
Hot on the heels that Funny or Die was finalizing a deal to become the new National Lampoon of the film world, there's even more promising comedy in our future as Deadline has learned that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has landed a deal at Fox to produce and direct R-rated comedies. That will basically put him in a similar position that Knocked Up and This is 40 director Judd Apatow has at Universal Pictures. It sounds like the studio is confident in Feig's buddy cop comedy The Heat (watch the red band trailer here) starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and they want to keep him around for more adult laughs.
Fox is looking to cash in on the audiences who have invested their time and money in raunchy comedies like The Hangover, Seth MacFarlane's Ted (which is now an Oscar nominated film), and Feig's Bridesmaids. Of course, Feig's greatness might have become more widely embraced thanks to the wedding comedy, he's responsible (along with Apatow) for the Emmy-winning series "Freaks and Geeks," a series that was clearly ahead of its time. It would be nice if he ended up working with some of the now more famous series cast members like Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and James Franco again.
Feig made a fluffy and funny publicity statement saying, "I had an amazing time working with the gang at Fox on The Heat and am very excited to team up with them to make as many commercial comedies as humanly possible. I’ve also been looking to expand my carbon footprint and so their extreme distance from Burbank allows me that much-desired opportunity.” As someone who loved Bridesmaids and thinks The Heat looks promising, I'm hoping Feig can bring the same kind of comedy that Apatow does to the big screen, and maybe even improve on some of the filmmaker's shortcomings. Thoughts?