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Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Michelle Darnelle’ to Replace ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ for April 8, 2016

Universal has set Melissa McCarthy’s comedy “Michelle Darnelle” for an April 8, 2016, release — replacing “Clifford the Big Red Dog” in the slot.

McCarthy will portray a titan of industry who goes to prison for insider trading. She finds that when she emerges, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

“Michelle Darnell” will be directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, from a script written by McCarthy and Falcone alongside their Groundlings collaborator Steve Mallory. McCarthy and Falcone are also producing through their On the Day Productions with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions.

Focus has also dated Jesse Owens biopic “Race” for April 8, 2016.

Universal has not given another date to “Clifford.”

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