Melissa McCarthy to Star in Richard Curtis-Written Christmas Movie – The Hollywood Reporter

Melissa McCarthy is set to star in an untitled New York Christmas comedy film from Universal Pictures and the working title for Peacock.

Richard Curtis will write the screenplay and Sam Boyd will direct the film. The fairy-tale comedy follows a busy man who enlists the help of a magical genie to help him win back his family before Christmas.

McCarthy will next appear on Jerry Seinfeld Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story, Upcoming live-action with Hugh Grant and Amy Schumer The Little Mermaid Photo by Rob Marshall.

Boyd wrote and created the Anna Kendrick-starring romantic comedy series love life For HBO Max. He wrote and directed the play In a relationshipStarring Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano and Dre Hemingway.

Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce the film with Linden Productions’ Riva Marker. Alexandra Lowy oversees the project for the working title. Universal’s executive vp production development Eric Beyers and director of development Christine Sun will oversee the studio’s project.

Curtis most recently worked with Universal and Working Title on the 2019 comedy Danny Boyle. yesterday, It stars Himesh Patel and Lily James. His other credits include Music for Universal Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, Time traveling comedy/drama About time, really loveThe first two Bridget Jones movies, Notting Hill And Four weddings and a funeral.

Marker’s credits included the criminalStarring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Antoine Fuqua; Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Fukunaga; and horror/mystery remnant And Devil all the time For director Antonio Campos and Netflix.

McCarthy is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment. Curtis is repped by United Agents. Boyd is repped by UTA, Grandview and Hansen Jacobson.

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