Following a wicked heated auction, New Line has purchased an untitled book proposal from author Alexandra Lyon about the first female cops in Boston in the ’70s and will develop it as a starring vehicle for Melissa McCarthy, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Set in the ’70s, the forthcoming book is said to chronicle the social revolution sparked by Boston Police Department’s move to add women to the force, which put them right on the front lines of a racially-divided city.
The publishing agent is Mackenzie Brady Watson from Stuart Krichevsky, and CAA brokered the deal. The book’s publishing rights sold preemptively to Picador USA.
McCarthy is no stranger to playing a Boston cop, having starred in The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock. Of course, that was a comedic take on law enforcement, while this New Line project will allow McCarthy to flaunt the dramatic chops she showed in St. Vincent, and will likely show again in Marielle Heller’s upcoming Fox Searchlight movie Can You Ever Forgive Me?
McCarthy and Falcone have Life of the Party opening next May, and they’re also in business with New Line on the comedies Super-Intelligence and Margie Clause. Separately, McCarthy is also attached to star in the raunchy puppet movie The Happytime Murders, so her plate is pretty full at the moment. She’s represented by CAA and MGMT Entertainment, and news of the Boston Cop deal was first reported by Deadline.
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