There’s an old saying that if something ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone have had such good luck at New Line with Tammy and the upcoming Life of the Party that they’re reuniting with the studio for the action-comedy SUPER-INTELLIGENCE. The project was announced last year, but now, Tracking Board has confirmed that Falcone will direct McCarthy in the film.
Basically, it’s the same configuration as their three previous collaborations with McCarthy starring and Falcone directing, with both of them producing the film through their company On the Day Productions.
The script is written by Steve Mallory, who also wrote the duo’s hit comedy The Boss. Ironically, The Boss was the only one of the married couple’s previous collaborations that wasn’t released by New Line.
In the action-comedy, McCarthy will play a corporate executive named Carol Peters, whose life is thrown for a curve when she’s selected for observation by the world’s first super intelligence, an artificial intelligence that might be planning a world take-over.
As a fan of McCarthy and her brand of comedy, I’m always interested to see what her and Falcone do when given more artistic license than she might get when acting in someone else’s movie. That said, McCarthy did get nominated for an Oscar in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids, so sometimes it’s good to work outside your comfort zone, which McCarthy also has done in recent years.
Repped by CAA and MGMT, McCarthy and Falcone’s next comedy Life of the Party will be released by New Line on May 11, and McCarthy will also be seen this year in the Fox Searchlight biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me about forger Lee Israel, opening Oct. 19.
Before making Super-Intelligence, McCarthy is filming the crime-drama The Kitchen, also for New Line, which co-stars Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss and is based on the Vertigo Comics series.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor