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Shirley MacLaine Eyes Role With Melissa McCarthy In ‘Tammy’; Former Director Sets Up Steve Carell-Tina Fey Comedy

Written by on October 18, 2012 

It was around a year ago when consistent movement happened on Tammy, a dramedy that Melissa McCarthy had been developing with The Help director Tate Taylor, the latter of whom was going to direct. With him off the project, though, it’s been more than nine months since a new director (Beth McCarthy-Miller) was found, and it’s been dead on that front in the time since.

But it’s still happening, with THR updating us by saying that, while the prospective helmer has left, Shirley MacLaine is already in talks about taking the film’s second lead — a “alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother” to McCarthy‘s title character. Tammy begins when she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her, a revelation which encourages the protagonist to go on a road trip to Mt. Rushmore.

Although that pairing is, I think, a strong reason to keep your eyes out, McCarthy-Miller has an even better one for taking off. In the same story, it’s said that she’s been placed into directing duty on WB’s Mail Order Groom, which has both Steve Carell and Tina Fey locked to headline.

Written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Bad Santa), it follows “a naive single woman (Fey) looking for love who winds up with a husband (Carell) from Eastern Europe.” The idea is stupid and has the potential to go terribly wrong, though any sort of risk is something I’ll instantly take over the safe and placid nature of something like Date Night.

Does MacLaine put Tammy back on your radar? Does McCarthy-Miller seem to have made a wise choice by going with Mail Order Groom?

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