Melissa McCarthy & Husband Ben Falcone Plan Three New Comedies
In just a couple days, Melissa McCarthy will hit the big screen again with Jason Bateman in Identity Thief. It's the first major role McCarthy has had on film since her star-making turn in Bridesmaids. But the comedy actress is just getting started. Shortly after her Bridesmaids success, we heard McCarthy was planning a trio of films, in addition to Identity Thief, with the likes of Jon Hamm and Paul Feig, Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo and The Help director Tate Taylor (each was involved with a different project). Heat Vision says the actress is working with her husband and longtime collaborator Ben Falcone (the U.S. Marshal from Bridesmaids) for three new comedies with McCarthy involved in varying capacities
The first is called Michelle Darnell and already has a home at Universal. Though the logline is currently under tight wraps, it's based on an original character created by McCarthy with a story that she wrote with Falcone. The two will work with Steve Mallory (who has a small role in Identity Thief), a colleague who has known the couple since their days doing improv comedy with the Los Angeles group The Groudlings. Though we don't know what the story will entail, McCarthy will star and also produce with Falcone.
The second project takes McCarthy out of the lead role and seemingly only has her producing an adaptation of Cousin Irv from Mars, based on an upcoming book written and illustrated by Bruce Eric Kaplan, who is known for his single panel cartoons in The New Yorker, not to mention writing for shows like "Seinfeld" and "Six Feet Under." Kaplan has been enjoying success as an executive producer on the HBO series "Girls," but now he'll get back to writing by adapting his story about a boy whose weird cousin hails from Mars.
And lastly, McCarthy and Falcone will write Just Do It, an adaptation of the sex advice book Just Do It: How One Couple Turned Off the TV and Turned On Their Sex Lives for 101 Days (No Excuses!). As you might have predicted, the memoir talks about a couple's struggle to bring some spice back into their 14-year marriage with a 101-day sex marathon, that has the good, the bad, the weird, and the funny. At least this has the potential for some comedy unlike the desperate adaptation of What to Expect When You're Expecting. McCarthy will have a role in the film, but it doesn't sound like it's the lead. The project is set up at Fox where McCarthy just starred in The Heat with Sandra Bullock for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.
This is all very exciting for McCarthy and Falcone, but I'm hoping that the comedienne doesn't do so much in a short span of time that people get burnt out on her comedically. She's a truly funny woman, and her improv skills are top notch, but there can be too much of a good thing. So far audiences seem to be loving the trailers for Identity Thief and The Heat, if crowds at my local theater are any indicator, so she's in the clear. Hopefully these new projects come out over a longer period of time with plenty of breathing room.