Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
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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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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Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
When Bridesmaids scored big at the box office, we wondered whether it’d open the floodgates for other funny women. It turns out we may have been thinking too broadly. Female-centric comedies in general are still all too rare at the multiplex, but female-centric comedies involving Paul Feig are a different story.
Feig chose to follow up the $288 million success of Bridesmaids with another lady-led laffer, the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy buddy-cop pic The Heat, and now he’s working on yet another. His newest effort is Susan Cooper, about a female James Bond type. Hit the jump for all the details.
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The morning of the Oscars nominations, one of the biggest snubs – in my opinion – was France’s The Intouchables not getting a nod for Best Foreign Film. Written and directed Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache, it’s a hilarious and heartfelt true story about a quadriplegic and his unorthodox caretaker (François Cluzet and Omar Sy, above). In the United States, the film was distributed by The Weinstein Company, grossing an impressive $10 million. Add that to the $416 million (yes you read that right) it made internationally and the film seemed like a lock for a nomination.
Nope. Snubbed. It happens. Which actually was a blessing in disguise for the Weinstein Company, which has long since planned on remaking the film. With an Oscar nomination, more Americans would have been turned onto the original. Now it remains relatively obscure, leaving the door open slightly more wide for the remake.
Paul Feig was originally attached to write and direct, but has since moved on. His script remains though, along with a possible attachment from Oscar-winner Colin Firth as the quadriplegic. (Chris Tucker was rumored for the caretaker.) Now, the latest update is Tom Shadyac, the director of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar is in talks to make the movie. It would be the director’s first feature film since 2007′s Evan Almighty. After that he had a near-death experience and stepped back from his Hollywood life, directing an autobiographical documentary called I Am. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
Briefly: Fox has already put out a couple of very funny trailers for Paul Feig‘s The Heat, but you’ll want to hold your laughter for now. The picture has just been pushed back from April 5 to June 28, where it’ll face off against Universal’s Kick-Ass 2 and Columbia’s White House Down. That slot has traditionally been a good one for comedies; high grossers like Ted, Bad Teacher, and Grown Ups have all opened on that same weekend in recent years. The studio has already made it clear that it likes what Feig has delivered, so this date comes across as a vote of confidence.
Feig’s follow-up to Bridesmaids features Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock star as a mismatched law enforcement duo. Here’s a synopsis:
Uptight and straight-laced, FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is a methodical investigator with a reputation for excellence–and hyper-arrogance. Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), one of Boston P.D.’s “finest,” is foul-mouthed and has a very short fuse, and uses her gut instinct and street smarts to catch the most elusive criminals. Neither has ever had a partner, or a friend for that matter. When these two wildly incompatible law officers join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, the director of “Bridesmaids.”
Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you loved Bridesmaids and are looking forward to The Heat, you’ll want to keep an eye on 20th Century Fox going forward. Director Paul Feig has just struck a first-look deal with the studio to write and direct films under his Feigco banner. The move ushers Fox into the R-rated comedy game, where competing studios like Universal and Warner Bros. have recently found success. Read more after the jump.
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Not that there was ever any doubt Paul Feig‘s follow-up to hilarious and raunchy Bridesmaids would be hard R-rated, but the red-band trailer for The Heat makes it an absolute certainty. The female buddy-cop comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy opens April 5 and looks to be everything you’d expect from McCarthy and exactly what you wouldn’t expect from the Oscar-winner Bullock. Unless, of course, you expected her to be throwing grenades and F-bombs everywhere in her next movie. Check out the red-band trailer, which also features Tom Wilson (Back to the Future) and Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) after the jump. Read More »