Melissa McCarthy Eyes ‘St. Vincent de Van Nuys’

Theodore Melfi makes his directorial debut with this dramatic comedy about a cranky neighbor who takes a single mother’s 12-year-old son under his wing.

Melissa McCarthy circles St. Vincent de Van Nuys
Melissa McCarthy circles St. Vincent de Van Nuys
Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy will soon be offered the female lead in St. Vincent de Van Nuys for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

The story follows a cantankerous old man (Bill Murray) who forms a bond with the 12-year-old son of a single mother that moves in next door. If Melissa McCarthy accepts the offer and finalizes a deal, she will play the mother. The actress auditioned for the role, putting her at the top of the studio's list for this coveted role.

Theodore Melfi is making his feature directorial debut, working from his own script that was featured on The Black List in 2011. The story is said to be in the same vein as Silver Linings Playbook and As Good As It Gets. Here's what the writer-director had to say about the story.

"The relationship transforms both the man and the boy and even though he teaches the kid everything about his decadent lifestyle, from fighting to drinking, gambling and how to cheat lie and steal. And the 12-year-old has such a pure soul that he only extracts the good from all this."

Production is slated to begin this summer on a $13 million budget. Before that project gets started, Melissa McCarthy will make her directorial debut with Tammy, which she is co-directing along with her husband Ben Falcone.

St. Vincent was released October 24th, 2014 and stars Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Selenis Leyva, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard, Nathan Corddry, Katharina Damm. The film is directed by Theodore Melfi.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey Hey, don't let my current distaste cloud your enjoyment

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  2. skywise

    Bill Murray set to star? Count me in.

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  3. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus In her show she's actually really sweet. Only in her movies is she crude and loud-mouthed. It's proven to me how well she can establish a character and change things up every once in a while. I'm glad she's dipping into a dramatic project. I think she'll do very well. In fact, she might even find a new home if given the right material. Look at Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler; both have ventured into drama once or twice and have done quite well. Remember when Sandler was nominated for a Golden Globe? I'm surprised he doesn't dip into drama more often, considering he actually does really well with it. I hope McCarthy does too.

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  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey If I must explain, she was the saving grace for me with Bridesmaids. I found her very funny. Don't know how it happened, but she quickly turned me off and I lost interest in her comedy, hence why I refuse to see her comedy show or Identity Thief or her movie with Bullock. Now, in your opinion you find her to be the funniest female actor out there? In a way that is good her to branch out to a serious role, because as experience would have it, they fair much better in this genre since comedy is hard to pull off. As for my comment and my "deal" with the woman, I wish she had done it sooner than later. Maybe then I wouldn't dislike her as much.

    So, will I give this a chance? I might. I can change my perspective, but I don't have to do it all the time simply because others think my opinions are wrong or misguided. I'm only human after all.

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  5. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus What's your deal with McCarthy? She's a really funny woman, probably the funniest female actor out there now. It's a good thing that she's branching into serious territory too.

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  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus she decides to do a serious movie? Good lord

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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