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Though Paul Feig has been writing, directing and producing for years, it was the 2011 hit Bridesmaids that shot him into the stratosphere. He went on to do 2013′s The Heat, another major hit with female leads and he’ll go for the hat trick in 2014 with Susan Cooper, a spy comedy once again starring Bridesmaids and The Heat co-star Melissa McCarthy. The director hasn’t decided what’s after that but now a potential fourth female-centric comedy is in the mix. Feig is attached to produce, and potentially direct, a new pitch by Melissa Stack which Sony just bought. Read More »

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20th Century Fox shuffled their 2015 deck today, moving major movies from the winter to spring, spring to summer and everything in between. Here’s the rundown.

  • Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has moved from March 6, 2015 to June 19, 2015.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service will now be released March 6, 2015, instead of November 11, 2014.
  • Michael Fassbender‘s Assassin’s Creed will be unleashed two months later, moving to August 7, 2015 from June 19, 2015.
  • Susan Cooper, Paul Feig‘s next film starring Melissa McCarthy, has been dated May 22, 2015.
  • An untitled Vince Vaughn movie, from Delivery Man director Ken Scott, will open October 24, 2014.

Read some analysis below.

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Paul Feig Will Produce Fox’s ‘Peanuts’ Movie

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After a couple of R-rated successes, Paul Feig is mixing it up with some family fare. The Bridesmaids director has just signed on to produce the upcoming Peanuts movie for Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, where Feig has a first-look deal.

The project represents new territory for Feig, not because it’s kid-friendly — before Bridesmaids, his last feature was the PG-rated Unaccompanied Minors — but because it’s animated. Hit the jump for more details on the projects.

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Jason Statham

Briefly: Jason Statham is best known as an action guy, but some of his earliest roles had a heavy touch of comedy to them. He was good at it, too — the very charisma that makes him bankable as an action star has its roots in those partially comic roles. I’m surprised he’s been away from explicitly comic work for a while, though there’s no doubt that many of his action films have a definite undercurrent of humor; it’s just not as thick as you’ll find in, say, Snatch.

Now Statham is in talks for a supporting role in Susan Cooper, the film that will re-team Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy. She’ll be “a bumbling secret agent” and he’ll be a spy on her side of the national fence. Which probably means he’ll be the straight man, which is a role he’ll be very ably equipped to play.  [Deadline]

Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy

A Bridesmaids sequel isn’t in the cards, but a Bridesmaids reunion could be. Rose Byrne has entered talks to re-team with her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig on Susan Cooper, a potential comedy franchise about a female James Bond type. More details on the upcoming project after the jump.

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Wonder Woman

The list of filmmakers who’ve successfully brought Wonder Woman to the big screen is nonexistent, but the list of people who’ve tried and failed seems to get longer by the day.

To wit: Joss Whedon and Nicolas Winding Refn have both made unsuccessful attempts. (Well, Refn’s was more of a theoretical attempt, but we’ll credit it.) Michael Goldbenberg was hired to write a script that doesn’t seem to have gone anywhere. Max Landis has said he wants to give it a shot, but nothing’s come of it so far. Producer Joel Silver long worked on ideas, with Whedon and others. And now, we’ve learned that Paul Feig also once pitched a version, only to get shot down by Warner Bros. Hit the jump to find out what Feig had in mind.

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Melissa McCarthy

Over the past couple of years, Paul Feig has demonstrated an affinity for female-led comedies in general, and female-led comedies starring Melissa McCarthy in particular. The Mike & Molly star was the breakout of Feig’s Bridesmaids, and she drew raves once again in this year’s The Heat. Now the pair are looking to team a third time, for the James Bond-inspired comedy Susan Cooper. Hit the jump to get details on the new project.

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VOTD: ‘The Heat’ Trailer Rebuilt in LEGO

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Garrett Barati has recreated the trailer for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig‘s comedy The Heat in LEGO. We don’t usually post these LEGO recreations, but this one was actually impressively constructed. As you know, the film stars Sandra Bullock as an FBI Agent who is forced to team up with a Boston cop played by Melissa McCarthy. Watch the trailer recreation after the jump.

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