Melissa McCarthy Provides Details on Upcoming Projects; Working on Dark Comedy with THE HELP Director and Roadtrip Comedy TAMMY

     September 28, 2011

Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids was one of the biggest (and best) comedies of this year. If the film itself was a bit of surprise hit, the biggest surprise came from scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy. One of the highlights of the flick, she killed nearly every line she had and soon after the film’s success she found herself fielding a lot of phone calls. The Emmy-winner for Best Actress in a Comedy is currently working on a number of projects, and recently sat down to dole out some details.

In addition to the comedy that’s she’s scripting for Paramount with Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo (that film centers on a woman who hijacks the Stanley Cup to cheer up her sick husband), McCarthy is working on a dark comedy with The Help director Tate Taylor, a roadtrip comedy called Tammy, and Paul Feig’s new film Dumb Jock. Hit the jump for more details.

In speaking with THR for their cover story, McCarthy revealed that she’s co-writing a dark comedy with Tate Taylor, who helmed this summer’s The Help. The two have known each other for a while, as they were both in the L.A. comedy troupe The Groundlings. The actress didn’t reveal any plot details for the dark comedy, but she did talk quite a bit about a roadtrip comedy she wrote called Tammy. The film centers on a woman who wakes up one morning and decides she just has to get out of town, but when she goes to fetch her grandmother’s car her heavy-drinking grandmother insists on coming along for the trip, so the two head off for Mount Rushmore:

“It’s so funny, and it also kind of breaks my heart. It’s these two women who are not where they thought they’d be, and they kind of band together.”

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is eager to work with McCarthy again, as he has set up his new comedy Dumb Jock as a starring vehicle for the actress. There’s no word on whether or not this is the same Judd Apatow-produced comedy that was being developed for McCarthy to possibly star in alongside Jon Hamm, but I’d be willing to bet it is. Hopefully Hamm is still involved, because the world needs more Funny Don Draper. Additionally, the actress is in negotiations to star opposite Jason Bateman in the comedy The Identity Theft, and will appear in Judd Apatow’s Untitled Knocked Up Spinoff. So all-in-all, McCarthy looks poised to become one of the hardest working women in the business, and rightfully so.

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