Director Paul Feig delivered a massive hit with Bridesmaids and we’ve been excited to discover what he would do as his follow-up. We’ve now learned that Feig will go with another female-lead comedy and helm The Better Woman for Universal. Per Variety, the “story follows a high-powered young executive who is dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman. She befriends the woman to discover why her boyfriend chose her, and rediscovers herself in the process.” It sounds like a premise that could go either way (I can already see Jane Fonda circling this like a vulture), but Feig has earned trust not only from Bridesmaids, but from his work on Freaks and Geeks. Reese Witherspoon had been circling The Better Woman, but she passed on the project and I have no complaints about that. Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) is writing the script, based on an idea by Ron Bass and Jen Smolka.
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For a while it looked like he would Bridget Jones Diary 3, but he exited that project in October after working on a draft of the script. He was also developing the comedy Dumb Jack with Judd Apatow production and Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy being considered for the lead roles. And as we reported earlier this month, Universal is trying to line up a sequel to Bridesmaids and it’s possible they’ll do it with him. I’m uninterested in Bridesmaids 2, and I’m glad Feig has taken another project rather than (at least for the moment) going for the easy sequel.