By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 9, 2012 at 4:53PM
Well, they may not get Melissa McCarthy or Kristen Wiig for their "Bridesmaids" sequel, but Universal is at least hanging on to director Paul Feig, and tasked him with another female centered comedy.
Variety reports that Feig will now take the helm of "The Better Woman," a project once eyed by Reese Witherspoon, who has since moved on. Ron Bass ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "My Best Friend's Wedding") and Jen Smolka came up with the idea that will penned by Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls," "Roseanne"), about a young, high-powered executive who is dumped by her boyfriend for an older woman. So she becomes friends with the older woman to find out why she was dumped, and along the way, learns more about herself. Frankly, this idea sounds dreadful, but then again, on paper, "Bridesmaids" sounded iffy too.
Feig was originally set to direct the third "Bridget Jones Diary" movie but thankfully dropped off that project in the fall, and has a few projects in the works including "Dumb Jock" for Melissa McCarthy; another movie for Jon Hamm as well as a mysterious comedy franchise he said over the summer he would be rebooting, but is still yet to be announced. Feig is also resistant to direct a "Bridesmaids" sequel, but at least for Universal, this project keeps him under their roof.
No word yet on when this will roll, but just pile it up on the stuff Feig might do next.