HBO Max Picks Up Melissa McCarthy Comedy 'Superintelligence'

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The film will debut at the launch of HBO Max in spring 2020.

Melissa McCarthy's upcoming original comedy Superintelligence, directed by her husband and production partner, Ben Falcone, will debut exclusively on streaming service HBO Max, the premium cable platform announced on Thursday.

The New Line film was originally slated to hit theaters on Dec. 20 this year, and now instead will premiere when the streaming platform launches in spring 2020.

The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, James Corden, Brian Tyree Henry and Jean Smart. The movie follows a woman (McCarthy) who finds herself selected as a test subject by the world's first superintelligent entity that overtakes her life. The script was penned by The Boss scribe Steve Mallory. 

"This is the perfect high-concept comedy with an artist we all love to work with and shows the top caliber of talent we're bringing to HBO Max," said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS and truTV, in a statement.

Added McCarthy and Falcone, "We used the A.I. from Superintelligence to look at every single platform in the world and then used its superknowledge and big artificial brain-like thing to determine that HBO Max was the right home for our film."

Superintelligence joins a growing slate of HBO Max's upcoming library on content that will also include the entire catalogue of Studio Ghibli films, a slate of four YA-focused feature films from Greg Berlanti, two films from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine company and Steven Soderbergh's comedy Let Them All Talk, starring Meryl Streep.

On the TV side, HBO Max will exclusively have all seasons of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Big Bang Theory, as well as original series from Berlanti, Nicole Kidman and Paul Feig and Anna Kendrick.