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.

Feig wrote the script for Susan Cooper, which centers around a female James Bond type. It’s described as more of a “realistic” comedy rather than a full-on spoof like Austin Powers or Johnny English; Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale was reportedly one of the inspirations. Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but we previously learned that it would be a two-hander a la The Heat, and that it has the potential to launch a franchise.

TheWrap reports that McCarthy has received an offer for the project and has entered early negotiations. Whether she’ll be able to close a deal will depend on whether or not she can make it fit around her shooting schedule for Mike & Molly, which returns to CBS for its fourth season in early 2014. It’s not clear which role McCarthy is circling.

Since her Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids, McCarthy’s appeared in a string of comedies including This Is 40, Identity Thief, and The Hangover Part III. She stars in the upcoming St. Vincent de Van Nuys opposite Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd, and recently wrapped her passion project Tammy, directed by her husband Ben Falcone (a.k.a. Air Marshal Jon).

Feig’s been linked to a couple of other projects lately, but based on the fact that casting is moving full steam ahead on Susan Cooper it seems likely this will be his next project. No start date or release date has been announced. Additionally, a sequel to Feig and McCarthy’s The Heat is already in development, though Feig has not yet committed to direct, and Sandra Bullock recently said she “can’t imagine” doing that film now.


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