Universal Doing ‘Bridesmaids 2′ Without Kristen Wiig?

Though Melissa McCarthy was the big breakout star of last spring’s Bridesmaids, it was really Kristen Wiig‘s movie. The Saturday Night Live vet not only played the lead, she also co-produced the project and penned its script with co-writer Annie Mumolo. It’s tough to imagine seeing another Bridesmaids without Wiig — but apparently, that’s exactly what Universal is considering.

With Wiig and Mumolo reportedly uninterested in doing a sequel, the studio is now weighing the possibility of moving forward without them, and pinning its hopes on McCarthy to help get the project going. More details after the jump.

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Even as Julie Delpy gears up for a possible third Before Sunrise pic with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater, the busy writer-director-actress has attached herself to helm a biopic of iconic rock musician Joe Strummer called The Right Profile. Strummer is best remembered as the frontman of British punk group The Clash, though his musical resume also includes solo work, stints with The Mescaleros and The Pogues, and the soundtracks for Walker and Sid and Nancy. (The film is named after this Clash song, from London Calling. The tune even points back to the movies, with lyrics about ’40s film star Montgomery Clift.)

Few details about the project have been revealed at this time, though we do know the film will follow Strummer’s disappearance from the public spotlight in 1982. Variety notes that Delpy could appear in the picture — seeing as she’s acted in nearly all of her directorial efforts, including the recently wrapped 2 Days in New York — but as far as we know, that’s just speculation at this point.

After the jump, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas helmer Todd Strauss-Schulson finds his next project, while The Help director drops out of Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy.

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Shia LaBeouf may be out of the Transformers franchise, but the young actor is hardly wanting for work. He’s wrapped John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World, is currently shooting Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, and is now attached to star in an offbeat romcom going by the working title A Giant. Gil Kenan (Monster House) will direct from his own script, which revolves around a girl who’s unlucky in money and love. When she moves back home with her brother, she forms a relationship with her next-door-neighbor — “a 20-foot-tall man-child” (LaBeouf).

LaBeouf was reportedly in the running to star in Fox’s Frankenstein, which is being directed by Shawn Levy, but ultimately chose A Giant over the horror adaptation. No start date for A Giant has been announced, but LaBeouf’s involvement should help the project get going. [Variety]

After the jump, New Line picks up Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy, and Nic Cage remakes a French thriller.

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Even the people who dislike Paul Feig‘s Bridesmaids agree that Melissa McCarthy is the film’s hilarious stand-out. The actress, previously known for Gilmore Girls and her own CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, came into Kristen Wiig‘s world and totally stole the show as Megan, a belching, boisterous new friend who also happens to be wealthy, well-connected government official.

McCarthy is so strong in the film that her character gets the credits gag with a food-filled sex tape between her and Air Marshall Jon, played by Ben Falcone. Falcone also happens to be McCarthy’s real life husband, which makes so much sense when you see the full version of the sex tape from the Bridesmaids Blu-ray. It’s after the jump. Read More »

Breakout star Melissa McCarthy has signed up for ID Theft, which will team her with the ubiquitous but charming Jason Bateman. As suggested by the title, the comedy follows a man who becomes the target of identity theft. Bateman will play the victim, and McCarthy the thief. McCarthy’s role was originally written for a man, but Bateman (who’s also producing) pushed to cast McCarthy in the part after seeing her inspired, scene-stealing performance in Bridesmaids.

Shooting for ID Theft will begin April 2012, at the start of McCarthy’s hiatus from Mike & Molly. The script was originally written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), and is currently in rewrites with Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II). [Deadline]

After the jump, new gigs for Natalie Portman and Parks & Recreation lovebirds Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

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Having previously starred on Gilmore Girls and her own show Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy was well-known to TV audiences before her breakout performance in this summer’s surprise smash Bridesmaids. Since then she’s been mentioned as the possible star of several projects and now she’s finally committed to one. She’ll appear in Judd Apatow‘s Untitled 2012 film (rumored to be called This is Forty) that’s currently in production. It stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles from Knocked Up and, in the film, McCarthy will play a mother at the school where their kids attend. Plus, McCarthy’s son will be played by Ryan Lee, who just starred in Super 8 as the pyromaniac Cary. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Once you have a big, box office smash, a filmmaker is more or less given carte blanche, especially if they want to make a movie in the same genre. Bridesmaids director Paul Feig used some of that good will last week and got Universal to purchase a new pitch that would once again team him with frequent producer Judd Apatow. At the time, we had no idea what the film would be other than “an unconventional love story.” Deadline now seems to know more and says the lead roles in film are being kept warm for Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. Read More »

Want to see more Bridesmaids? Well, a sequel might be in the works but until then, or the inevitable feature packed Blu-ray release, this hilarious outtake reel from Funny or Die will have to do. We knew that many of the comediennes in the film – Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper – were good at improv but who knew Jon Hamm could come up make up sex position names with the best of them. This video is decidedly NSFW but you’ve gotta check it out. Read More »

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