The Help Director Tate Taylor Could Helm Melissa McCarthy's Tammy
It would seem that Melissa McCarthy likes hanging out with the other breakout movie stars of 2011. A few months after making audiences laugh til they cried in Bridesmaids, the comedian signed on for a role in Judd Apatow's next film, in which she will largely be working with Ryan Lee, one of the best parts of J.J. Abrams' Super 8. Now she's teaming up with yet another big name from this year in movies, however instead of an actor, this time it's a director.
According to Deadline, McCarthy may be getting to work with director Tate Taylor, who helmed the massively successful The Help, on a film she wrote titled Tammy. The director is currently in negotiations to helm the project, which will star the actress as a woman who experiences a bunch of terrible events all at the same time and decides to just hit the road with her "foul-mouthed diabetic grandmother." The film is just one of many that McCarthy has in development, as she is also working on Identity Thief with Jason Bateman; an untitled comedy with Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo about a woman who tries to steal the Stanley Cup; a romantic comedy with Jon Hamm for Paul Feig; and the aforementioned Apatow joint. Taylor has also been setting up new projects, as he is attached to adapt Peace Like A River.
I actually really like the idea of breakout stars working together. They all have something to prove with their next efforts, so why not work together to produce the best work that they can? Taylor proved that he can handle strong lead female characters with The Help, so Tammy seems right up his alley.
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