'The Heat' Getting a Spin-Off Focusing on Sparsely Seen Gina & Beth
by Ethan Anderton
November 15, 2013
Before The Heat even hit theaters, Fox was already developing a sequel, and while that project is still in the works, director Paul Feig is also working with the studio on a spin-off. However, rather than taking place in a different sect of the police world, this project would focus on two of the supporting characters from Detective Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) loudmouth extended family in Boston. Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin would reprise their roles as Beth and Gina respectively, and while no story is known yet, a recollection of these two characters makes us think this'll be an offbeat two-hander like Dumb & Dumber.
You would probably remember Beth and Gina best from the dinner table scene where they asked Sandra Bullock if she was a "nahck" (or narc). They also got into some obnoxious arguing when they had to go into hiding at one point in the film. The storyline is being worked on right now and Feig says:
"Jamie and Jessica are two of the funniest people on this planet They took small roles in The Heat and turned them into characters worthy of their own movie. I can’t wait to unleash Beth and Gina on the world. Run for your lives.”
Some might know Denbo and Chaffin for being "Ronna & Beverly," characters who hosted a talk show at the Upright Citizens Brigade improv theater before turning it into a UK TV show that ran for six episodes. A Showtime pilot was created by the Feig and his wife Laurie, but it didn't get picked up to series. This sounds like the perfect opportunity for Denbo and Chaffin to become a powerful comedy duo, making more great female talents supported by Feig. Tricia McAlpin, who has written some comedy shorts and voices some minor characters in Monsters University, will write the film for Feig's production company Feigco and Chernin Entertainment. We're eager to see how this kind of comedy spin-off turns out.