20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have set Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to star in a buddy cop movie that “Bridesmaids” helmer Paul Feig will direct from a script by Katie Dippold, a staff writer on “Parks and Recreation.”
According to The Huffington Post, despite the getting-too-old-for-this premise, the untitled film should be one to keep on movie fans’ radar. After all, in addition to the power trio of Bullock, McCarthy and Feig.
Feig revealed that he has long wanted to reunite with his “Bridesmaids” breakout star. For example, last year, he had discussed directing and writing a film called “Dumb Jock,” which would have starred McCarthy and Jon Hamm.
“I would do anything with her, and she’s got such range that she kind of can do anything,” Feig told GQ. “The worst thing you could do, if you had a Melissa McCarthy in your employ, would be, ‘Can you just stick to the script?’ But that happens a lot. Why the f–k would you ever do that?”
“Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce for Chernin Entertainment, which used its discretionary fund to pre-emptively option the project. Feig will exec produce the pic, and studio exec Daria Cercek will oversee the project for distributor 20th Century Fox,” reports Variety.
As sources claim, during few last weeks, the studio and producers tried to close deals with Bullock, McCarthy and Feig due to some obstacles such as scheduling issues and the trio’s standard upfront fees, however, the project finally came together Friday evening.
The new cop comedy isn’t the only project of Melissa at the moment- the Oscar-nominated actress is heading into her third season on CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” just wrapped production on Judd Apatow’s “This is 40,” and is currently filming Seth Gordon’s “Identity Thief” alongside Jason Bateman and Jon Favreau.
Bullock was last seen starring in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Her 2012 film, “Gravity,” was just pushed into 2013. After her latest role in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” with Tom Hanks Bullock has admitted cutting her workload was a conscious decision so she could enjoy motherhood.
Discussing the film choice, she has said: ”Whatever next opportunity I was given had to be an amazing opportunity for me and for my son so that we had a great time. It was no longer selfish actress in the moment.”
She went on: ”I didn’t necessarily want to work at that time. I was just so happy being a mom. I’m still very happy being a mom. That just shifted and became my whole priority.”
Two years after her shocking split from her husband, Sandra Bullock spends all her free time with her adorable two-year-old son Louis Bardo Bullock. “Being a mom is her total focus now,” a Bullock source told reporters. Along with her work, “Louis has become her whole life.”
Bullock has never thought of raising her child alone, but it is one she’s embraced. “Sandy seems very happy, but it’s hard,” says another Bullock source. “She’s raising Louis as a single mom, and she never thought it would be this way. She’s still trying to figure out [her new life].”
“She’s thrown herself into giving Louis the most regular-kid life he can have given her celebrity. From shuttling him to preschool to setting up playdates and special outings, she’s “very hands-on,” says a source.
“She is giving him the best, most normal life she can. She is going to be very careful about who she allows in her life because of Louis. He is her priority. He is her world,” the insider also added.