'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Boards 'Tammy' for Melissa McCarthy

November 4, 2011
Source: THR

Melissa McCarthy / Tate Taylor

At the end of September, we got word on a whole slew of projects for breakout Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy who will next be seen in Judd Apatow's comedy This is Forty, and now we have some real development on one of McCarthy's prospective projects as THR has word that The Help director Tate Taylor will direct McCarthy in Tammy after working on the project with her for a few months now. The comedy would follow a an overweight woman who is laid off from her job at Hardee’s, discovers her husband is having an affair, and goes on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother.

Back in September, it was said McCarthy was working with Taylor on another dark comedy, but it's not entirely clear whether or not this is that same project. Either way, the collaboration isn't surprising considering the two have known each other for awhile after working in the comedy troupe The Groundlings. Previously, McCarthy talked about the project saying, "It’s so funny, and it also kind of breaks my heart. It’s these two women who are not where they thought they’d be, and they kind of band together." McCarthy has a lot of eyes on her talent after Bridesmaids, and audiences will turn out for Tammy just because of her.

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