Melissa McCarthy to Be Comedic Tinker Bell for Director Shawn Levy
With the exception of a series of home video releases, we've never seen Disney's famous fairy Tinker Bell get her own movie, since she's always been relegated to appearing with Peter Pan. However, now the blonde pixie will star in her own film at 20th Century Fox. However, it won't be the kind of film you would expect since Deadline reports Tammy and Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will play the title fairy, and Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy will be at the helm. The project is currently untitled, but it's based on a fresh approach to the iconic character which was fleshed out with the help of McCarthy herself.
There aren't any details on what this new take will entail, but it sounds promising with Nicholas Stoller, writer of The Muppets and The Five-Year Engagement, in charge of the script. Levy and McCarthy will produce by way of their respective 21 Laps and On the Day production banners. Honestly, this sounds different enough to help McCarthy turn in a lead role that doesn't feel like a retread of the rough around the edges characters she's started to wear out. However, it's unclear how soon this project might get off the ground. Levy hasn't chosen a new project yet, but he has several in development, including a new adaptation of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves we just heard about. Stay tuned.