The funny and talented Melissa McCarthy is crossing another film first off her list: the musical. The Tracking Board has confirmed she’s set to star in MARGIE CLAUS for New Line Cinema after they acquired the pitch from McCarthy and Ben Falcone, and co-writer Damon Jones.
McCarthy and Falcone will produce through their On the Day shingle, while Falcone will co-write the script with Jones as well as direct. There are no songwriters or composers set for the project yet.
Said to be a broad holiday family comedy-musical in the vein of Elf, the film follows Margie Claus, the wife of Santa, who must put together and lead a rescue mission for Jolly Saint Nick when he goes missing while delivering gifts in order to save Christmas.
The project joins a current wave of musical films, including the critically-acclaimed La La Land as well as various upcoming projects such as The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, a Mamma Mia! sequel, and a movie adaptation of the Broadway smash Wicked.
New Line has set a premiere date of November 15, 2019 for the film. The news was first reported on by The Hollywood Reporter.
This will be Falcone’s fourth time directing McCarthy, following Tammy, The Boss, and Life of the Party, which is set to come out next year. Tammy and Life are also both New Line films. Both Falcone and McCarthy are repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor