Melissa McCarthy Reuniting with 'The Heat' Director for 'Susan Cooper'
Following a breakout comedic turn in Bridesmaids, actress Melissa McCarthy reteamed with director Paul Feig and joined forces with Sandra Bullock for this summer's cop comedy The Heat. Now Feig and McCarthy are getting back together again for a James Bond style action comedy called Susan Cooper, which Feig will be writing and directing as we reported last month. The film is being eyes as the beginning of a potential franchise with the same tone as The Heat, featuring a more realistic approach to the spy action with some laughs as opposed to a spoof of the secret agent subgenre like Spy Hard with Leslie Nielsen.
The Wrap reports McCarthy has an offer for the role and is currently negotiating the details, but scheduling with her CBS comedy series "Mike & Molly" needs to be worked out in order for the deal to come through. Fox is behind the film with Feig also producing through his own Feigco Entertainment banner and has said was inspired by the James Bond reboot of Casino Royale in 2006. While I'm glad Feig is bringing movies to the big screen with strong lead female characters, and I love the comedic work of McCarthy, it'd be nice to see the director find another female lead for his films at some point, otherwise audiences might get bored.