New Line comedy to star Melissa McCarthy

“The Help” director Tate Taylor has decided against helming “Tammy,” the road trip comedy New Line is developing for Melissa McCarthy.

New Line confirmed Taylor’s departure Friday. Taylor had been in talks to come on to the project last month.

New Line’s been developing “Tammy” with the “Bridesmaids” thesp as a possible starring vehicle from her spec script, co-written with Ben Falcone. Script centers on a woman who loses her job at Hardee’s, finds out that her husband is cheating on her and goes on a trip with her foul-mouthed grandmother. McCarthy and Falcone will also exec produce “Tammy.”

McCarthy won an Emmy in September for CBS’ “Mike and Molly” and will appear in Judd Apatow’s “Knocked Up” spinoff for Universal.

Taylor is repped by WME.

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