Paul Feig to helm actresses in untitled buddy film penned by Katie Dippold
Helmer Paul Feig will reunite with his “Bridesmaids” star Melissa McCarthy in a high-profile buddy cop movie co-starring Sandra Bullock for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Script is by Katie Dippold (“Parks and Recreation”).Untitled pic follows the strained working relationship between a high-strung FBI agent (Bullock) and an unconventional Boston cop (McCarthy) who team to take down a Russian gangster. Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping will produce for Chernin Entertainment, which used its discretionary fund to preemptively option the project. Feig will exec produce, and studio exec Daria Cercek will oversee the project for distributor 20th Century Fox. In recent weeks, the studio and producers have struggled to close deals with Bullock, McCarthy and Feig due to obstacles such as scheduling issues and the trio’s standard upfront fees, but the project finally came together Friday evening. Production is skedded to start this summer after McCarthy wraps Seth Gordon’s Universal comedy “Identity Thief,” during her current hiatus from CBS’ hit series “Mike and Molly.” Bullock next stars in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi pic “Gravity,” which Warner Bros. pushed back from November to sometime next year. Feig is currently focusing on his next film, the Weinstein Co.’s English-language remake of French hit “The Intouchables,” which will lense this fall with Colin Firth starring. CAA reps all Bullock, Feig and McCarthy, who is also repped by the Schiff Co.