After a recent story about director Luc Besson and his preference for women to lead action-thrillers, another director is focusing on women for a genre he’s more comfortable with, comedy. Paul Feig directed the smash hit Bridesmaids, a female-driven comedy which grossed $288 million worldwide. His upcoming film The Heat, a buddy-cop action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is generating so much buzz that screenwriter Katie Dippold is already working on a script for The Heat 2. If Bridesmaids was the female answer to The Hangover, than The Heat is the female answer to Bad Boys.
According to The Wrap, Feig is working with 20th Century Fox on a female spy comedy titled Susan Cooper, for which he wrote the screenplay. Instead of going the absurdist route like Austin Powers or Get Smart, Feig’s spy comedy will have a more realistic tone. He was inspired to write the movie after seeing 2006’s James Bond reboot, Casino Royale, which he told Variety ranks among his favorite films. The plan is for Susan Cooper to become a Bond-like franchise.
Feig recently made a deal with Fox, who he collaborated with on The Heat, to produce more R-rated female-driven comedies for the studio. This means there’s a good chance that Susan Cooper could be an edgier comedy than we’re used to seeing from the spy genre. He’s also developing an R-rated mother-daughter comedy that will be written by The Heat scribe Dippold.
Expect to hear more news on Susan Cooper soon, including who will be cast as the secret agent woman. In the meantime, you can get your R-rated female-driven action-comedy fix when The Heat is released on June 28th.