With two hugely successful female-led comedies (Bridesmaids and The Heat) under his belt and a third (Susan Cooper) on the way, Paul Feig is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand comedy directors. Now, Deadline is reporting that Feig will produce and possibly direct another female-fronted comedy.
Plot details are being kept under lock and key for now, but the film will feature a screenplay from Melissa Stack, who first pitched the idea to 20th Century Fox. Stack previously penned the script for the upcoming Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman. That film, which stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Taylor Kinney, Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj, will focus on a woman who discovers her boyfriend is actually married and plots revenge against him with the help of his wife.
Feig will produce alongside Jessie Henderson under his Feigco banner, which is devoted to making R-rated comedies. The film will serve as “a vehicle for a group of ethnically diverse comic actresses,” and that’s about all we know at the moment. Feig also stated the following:
I’m always looking for an excuse to gather a bunch of funny women together, and Melissa’s amazing take on this idea really made me laugh. I’m thrilled to be working with her and excited to really nail our Paso Doble on Dancing With The Stars.
The director will be preoccupied with Susan Cooper, a spy comedy with Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham and Rose Byrne, for the time being (the film’s out May 22nd, 2015), so I’d wouldn’t expect this untitled project to arrive until 2016 or 2017.
Personally, I’m glad that Feig is expanding his comedy wheelhouse to include actresses of various ethnicities (Bridesmaids, The Heat and Susan Cooper have all starred mostly white actors and actresses). Hopefully he’ll be able to pull in the talents of a wide range of hugely talented actresses. My dream cast: Mindy Kaling, Aisha Tyler, Debra Wilson, Mo’Nique and Kim Wayans. Regardless of who ends up joining the project, any announcements of future R-rated comedies from Feig are definitely good news.
Tell us, who would you cast in this upcoming comedy?