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As the old saying goes, sometimes if you want to do something right then you just have to do it yourself.
Such is the case for Melissa McCarthy and her script Tammy. Back in October of 2011, following her breakthrough performance in Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, it was announced that the Mike & Molly star had written a screenplay that had been set up over at New Line. Just a couple weeks later it looked as though the project was on the fast track, as it was announced that director Tate Taylor (who had also had a breakthrough hit the past summer with The Help) has signed on to helm. In the weeks that followed Taylor ended up dropped out and was replaced by Beth McCarthy-Miler, but that was the last we heard about the comedy and that was all the way back in January 2012. But McCarthy won't be waiting any longer.
According to Variety, the Identity Thief star will be making her directorial debut by helming Tammy herself alongside her husband, co-writer and producing partner Ben Falcone. According to the trade McCarthy-Miller was forced to drop off of the project due to scheduling issues, and while the studio tried to get Rob Reiner involved a deal couldn’t be made. McCarthy, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Bridesmaids will star in the movie as a woman who goes on a long road trip with her “profane, hard-drinking, grandmother” after discovering that her husband has cheated on her and that she’s lost her job. Having McCarthy and Falcone direct was a way for New Line to keep the project alive and continue to work with the in-demand pair.
Just yesterday it was announced that McCarthy and Falcone have opened their own production company and are developing three new comedies, which you can read about HERE.