Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Studios pretty much always hope a movie will do well enough to earn a sequel, but when a studio begins working on a follow-up before the first film even opens it’s a real vote of confidence. And if recent developments at Fox and Universal pan out, we could be seeing two buddy cop comedy franchises take flight in the near future.
The former has already struck a deal with Katie Dippold to script a sequel to the Melissa McCarthy / Sandra Bullock comedy The Heat, which she also wrote. Over at Universal, meanwhile, Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are wanted back to pen the Ride Along sequel. They worked on the original, which stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and opens next January. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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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.”
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 »
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Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Thought 2011 was a good year for Melissa McCarthy? Just wait til you see her in 2013. Since breaking out in 2011′s Bridesmaids, she’s been booking comedy roles left and right, and next year is when they finally hit the big screen.
Among her upcoming releases is The Heat, which reunites her with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig for another female-driven story. Scripted by Kate Dippold (Parks & Recreation) the comedy follows a classic buddy-cop formula: McCarthy’s unpredictable Boston PD detective teams up with Sandra Bullock’s more straitlaced FBI agent to bring down a drug kingpin. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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