Bridesmaids Director Setting up Female Bond Franchise Cooper. Susan Cooper.

Paul Feig

“Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director Paul Feig (above, who looks a bit like a more sophisticated Andy Dick) has written and plans to direct a new spy movie franchise centering around a female James Bond for 20th Century Fox. Since Feig has spent most of his time in comedies, the spy franchise will be a comedy, but not a parody of the spy genre ala “Johnny English” or “Get Smart”.

The funny thing is, “Susan Cooper” is being described as a “realistic comedy”. I’m not sure what that means exactly, or how it relates to the idea of a female James Bond/spy character.

In any case, the search is now on for a female lead for the film. I’m guessing they’ll want someone in their early ’30s or late ’20s who can do action and stick around for sequels. A few years ago I would automatically think Sandra Bullock, who is co-starring in Feig’s female buddy cop comedy “The Heat”, but Bullock will be turning 50 next year, so probably not someone who could front a potential franchise.

If “The Heat” hits like “Bridesmaids” did, I can see 20th Century Fox moving ahead with “Susan Cooper”. If not, well, who knows. It’s still in the very early stages of development at this moment.

Feig’s “The Heat” opens next week, and stars Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Here’s an extended 2-minute Red Band clip from the movie:

Via : The Wrap