BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
We know that Bill Murray is all for a female Ghostbusters movie. And we now know that Ernie Hudsonís kind of opposed. I canít wait for Dan Aykroyd to comment on the new film. His is the next shoe to drop.
Right after The Heat hit, the team got together on an idea for a sequel, and Katie Dippold actually went the distance in writing a screenplay for it. Done deal, right? Not according to Paul Feig.
If they are starting over from scratch with a screenplay, it might take some time. But it all sounds official. What do you think?
Now, some people are opposed to Ghostbusters 3 out a sheer distaste for reboots and sequels, especially long-delayed ones that have the original cast avoiding them like the plague. That I totally understand. But others have a specific brand of rage about this latest news, and it's sinister.
Paul Feig has been on a bit of a roll in the last few years. While his foray into feature filmmaking was the poorly-received Unaccompanied Minors, in 2011 he silenced all critics with the hit Bridesmaids. Not only was that movie a blockbuster success - pulling in $288 million globally on a reported $32.5 million budget - he followed it up with The Heat, which performed on the same high level (making $229 million on a $43 million budget).
Big musical numbers arenít what weíve come to expect from Feig, who has spent most of his career directing movies heavy with funny dialogue and situation-based comedy, but his movies have gotten bigger in scope over the last few years, and this spot makes me wonder if he could tackle a comedy musical that could grab parts of the audience that usually doesnít go for such things.
Comediennes Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin play loudmouths Beth and Gina respectively, and brought a world of wild improvisation to the set that really made an impression on Feig, who'd previously worked with the pair on their Showtime pilot Ronna & Beverly back in 2012.
Iím sure there are many of you out there who felt the same drilled-out feeling deep in the pit of your stomachs when it was announced that Twentieth Century Fox Animation was putting together a big screen version of Charles Schulzís beloved Peanuts comic strip. Perhaps most of you will join me in feeling waves of relief now that The Heat director Paul Feig has signed on to oversee the project and serve as a producer.
Feig is writing the screenplay himself, and it's been said that Martin Campbell's Casino Royale served as a bit of inspiration to him in the scripting. Melissa McCarthy is set to play the titular character, and earlier this week it was reported that her Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne is in talks for a role as well.
The script is being written by Feig, who will also serve as a producer on the project, but specific details about the plot have not yet been released. The director said that he was inspired to make the film by Martin Campbell's Casino Royale, and while the movie will be a comedy it won't be a spoof.
The event itself was a total delight, with Feig sharing his ardent enthusiasm for his comedy smash hits (Bridesmaids and The Heat ), as well as dishing out details on upcoming projects with Topher Grace, Channing Tatum and Jason Statham alongside cocktails and fancy courses like pineapple carpaccio, which is apparently a thing
Feig and McCarthy first collaborated on Bridesmaids in 2011 and got rave reviews for their work together, which led them to reteam on The Heat earlier this year. Obviously the director and the star enjoy working with one another, but right now the only thing that might stand in the way of their next project is McCarthy's commitments to her CBS television series Mike & Molly.
Not only has it won critical praise, but also the R-rated buddy cop caper has proved a big hit for Fox, banking more than $150 million worldwide to date. With numbers like that, a sequel seems a no-brainer, but one half of the funny filmís leading ladies isnít quite on board with for bringing back The Heat.
Obviously this story isnít credible journalism, as it comes from The Onion, but itís such a left field joke that I wonder if fans of The Heat will watch the clip and become utterly perplexed by Feigís dry humor.
Paul Feig is now getting set to write, direct and produce Susan Cooper, a James Bond-inspired spy comedy. While details about the plot are extremely limited at this time, apparently the film is not a parody, but instead a actually described as "realistic" and is greatly inspired by Martin Campbell's Casino Royale.
The Heat director Paul Feig will be reuniting with Dippold for the project as both a director and a producer. Details on the untitled project are few, as itís only being described as a ďmother/daughter action comedy,Ē which places it squarely in the female-fronted area of fiction that comes so easily to Dippold and Feig.
The late-night funnyman will play the filmís villain, with rumors claiming he might be cast as a Russian mobster. Feigís leads are Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, teamed as and FBI agent and a Boston police officer forced to work together to bring down a criminal threat.
Demian Bichir hasn't really shown his funny side in Hollywood feature films just yet, starring in titles like Che, A Better Life and Savages (none of which could come close to being called "comedies), but that doesn't mean he's not experienced. In addition to his multi-episode run on the Showtime series Weeds - which typically is more of a comedy than a drama...
Paul Feig's Bridesmaids was a fantastic demonstration of just how funny women can be, and perhaps we'll see a similar demonstration when he directs Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the yet-to-be-titled buddy cop film written by Katie Dippold. While the movie has already begun filming in Boston, it's apparently still adding to its cast.
Corddry is currently in negotiations to join the film, but makes no mention of what his role may be. Though no one has yet been confirmed for the role of the movie's villain, I'm hoping Corddry will don a badge, as he was downright hilarious as the racist Homeland Security officer in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.
With a foundation that includes a hot director, a rising screenwriter, and two A-list comediennes, The Heatóor whatever it will eventually be calledóis sure to attract a stellar array of supporting players, and chief among them is the always awesome Tony Hale
Now that Paul Feig is set he's starting to line up cast members, and the roster is pretty impressive. The French film documents the relationship between a Caucasian quadriplegic and the African-American man from the projects hired to be his caretaker. The role of the male nurse won actor Omar Sy the French equivalent of the Oscar, and is considered a choice role for an American actor.
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. 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.
Feig, of course, is the perfect guy to provide that humor and awkwardness, thanks to his still-excellent work on the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, which was so true to the growing pains of high school it was hard to watch sometimes. Knowing he's involved in crafting that dynamic is just one more tiny little reason to look forward to The Amazing Spider-Man
While Feig saw his star rise last year when he directed the comedy hit Bridesmaids, he has been doing great work for years, creating shows like Freaks and Geeks and directing episodes of television programs like The Office, Arrested Development, Weeds and Nurse Jackie. He is also currently attached to helm the comedy The Better Woman.