Sandra Bullock And Melissa McCarthy Teaming Up For Paul Feig Directed Buddy Cop Movie
Almost twenty years ago, Sandra Bullock brought an amusing kind of charm to her role as law enforcer Lenina Huxley in the futuristic action movie Demolition Man. She also brought humor to her role as FBI agent Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality years later. From what's being reported, it looks like the Blind Side star will be back in a badge and teaming up with fellow funny lady Melissa McCarthy for a comedy written by Katie Dippold and directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig.
Variety reported the news, stating that McCarthy and Bullock will star the yet-to-be-titled project, described as a buddy cop movie. Bullock will play a "high-strung FBI agent," who has a strained relationship with McCarthy's character, an "unconventional Boston cop," with whom she's tasked to work in an effort to take down a Russian gangster. From the sound of it, it took some work on the part of 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment to get Bullock, McCarthy and Feig signed on for the film, due to scheduling issues and fees, but it finally came together and given those three names, I expect it to be well worth the effort.
The concept of a female-focused buddy cop film is certainly intriguing on its own, especially in the wake of Bridesmaids, which did a fine job of demonstrating truly funny female-focused humor. At the risk of setting my hopes too high, looking at the ingredients of this movie, it seems on track to be a winner. At the very least, the potential is there. First, there's Katie Dippold writing the script. In addition to writing credits for MADtv, she's also credited for writing several episodes of Parks and Recreation, a series that is arguably one of the funniest shows on television right now. Then there's Paul Feig, who hit the target perfectly with Bridesmaids, and whose directing credits include a host of funny TV shows (The Office, Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks among them). Finally, to state even more of the obvious, there's Bullock and McCarthy, two actors with demonstrated charm and humor. Feig reteaming with Bridesmaids-star Melissa McCarthy seems like an attempt to make lightning strike twice, but given the success of the 2011 comedy, it's probably well worth giving it a shot.
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