Having made a name for herself in the genre of “raunchy comedies,” Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is sticking with what works. McCarthy’s script for Tammy involves an overweight woman who takes a road trip with her diabetic grandmother (who drinks and swears like a sailor) after McCarthy is laid off from a fast food restaurant and discovers her husband’s affair. New Line has preemptively picked up the project, with McCarthy both as the star and executive producer.
McCarthy seems unencumbered by portraying a brash, overweight woman in her most successful roles, and let’s face it, it’s working. After her breakout performance in Bridesmaids and her recurring Emmy-winning work on CBS’s Mike & Molly, McCarthy seems to have cornered the market. Hit the jump for more on McCarthy.
News of New Line’s pickup of Tammy comes by way of THR. McCarthy had this to say about the project:
“It’s about these two women who are not where they thought they would be, and then they kind of band together. It’s just my perfect tone. It’s so funny, and it also kind of breaks my heart.”
McCarthy has been incredibly busy as of late. She recently hosted an episode of SNL, has plans to join Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spin-off entitled This is Forty, and is set to star opposite Jason Bateman in The ID Theft and with Jon Hamm in Paul Feig’s Dumb Jock. Tammy isn’t even the only script she’s involved with writing, as McCarthy has joined up with Bridesmaids’ co-writer Annie Mumolo to pen another comedy. The project, for Paramount, involves her character stealing the Stanley Cup in order to cheer up her sick husband.