Kate McKinnon in Talks for Danny Boyle, Richard Curtis Musical Comedy


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Director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) have been developing the screenplay for a comedy which might be Danny Boyle’s next project (either that or James Bond), and is in negotiations to star in the untitled comedy from Universal and Working Title Films, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

McKinnon would join Lily James and Himesh Patel in the comedy which Boyle would direct from Curtis’ screenplay with the duo also producing the film.

The film’s plot and the role McKinnon might play are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be a music-themed film set in the ’60s or ’70s ala Curtis’ 2009 film Pirate Radio. (At one point, the film was called and was about a musician’s relationship with the Beatles, but maybe the project wasn’t able to get the license for the Beatles music?)

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce along with Matt Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier are executive producers. Universal Exec. VP of production Erik Baiers will oversee for the studio.

There’s a lot of questions about which project Boyle might direct next, having finished the FX limited series Trust, which just premiered its first episode this past weekend. Boyle is in line to direct the 25th James Bond film, but it depends on whether the screenplay Bond is currently developing with Trainspotting writer John Hodge will get greenlit by Eon Productions. In theory, Boyle could direct this comedy first.

Represented by and Principato-Young Entertainment, McKinnon has become one of the breakout stars from the last few years of Saturday Night Live, having starred with her castmate Leslie Jones in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. She will next be seen in the action-comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, which just premiered a new trailer.

McKinnon’s casting was first reported by Variety.

  | East Coast Editor

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