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Melissa McCarthy to Be Comedic Tinker Bell for Director Shawn Levy

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November 20, 2014
Source: Deadline

Melissa McCarthy / Tiinker Bell

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.

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  • David Diaz
    How does Fox have the rights to a Disney character? Unless they have the rights to the book property.
    • Sinjun
      i think the 1904 play is in public domain in a couple of places and i think Disney just licenses the rights to use the character in animated film. I think GOSH is the actual owner but it's complicated since i'm not sure what the UK could do in the US on this.
  • txJM
    "...a fresh approach to the iconic character which was fleshed out with the help of McCarthy..." I see what you did there.
  • HarryFiddleSticks
    Ugh, no thanks, you could've chosen quite a few other actresses to do this. I'm a bit done with Melissa McCarthy.
  • Jason Scarpelli
    Hollywood has gone down the toilet.
  • DAVIDPD
    NOPE. Nope. nope. no.
  • Sinjun
    maybe you haven't noticed by Tinkerbell has gotten several of her "own" movies. They might be animated but they are still movies. Six movies in fact with a seventh coming out in spring of 2015.

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