It's Official: 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor Teaming With Melissa McCarthy on Comedy

Tate Taylor The Help Premiere - H 2011
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 09:  Director/Screenwriter Tate Taylor attends the premiere Of DreamWorks Pictures' "The Help" held at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. 

Taylor and McCarthy, who know each other from their time in the Groundlings, are in talks to star in and direct, respectively, "Tammy" which the actress co-wrote.

New Line Cinema is now confirming what THR reported on Sept. 28: Hot comedic actress Melissa McCarthy and The Help director Tate Taylor are in talks to work together. 

Taylor, riding high on the box office success and Oscar buzz for the female-driven drama, is negotiating to collaborate on McCarthy’s comedy project Tammy, which is set up at New Line.

McCarthy and Taylor, who know each other from their time in the comedy group The Groundlings, have been working together on the project for a few months. The comedienne and co-star of Bridesmaids and CBS' Mike and Molly co-wrote the script with her husband Ben Falcone (he played the air marshal in Bridesmaids)

New Line confirms the project centers on an overweight woman who is laid off from her job at Hardee’s, discovers her husband is having an affair, and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother.

Taylor became a hot helming commodity with The Help, the surprise hit ensemble period drama from DreamWorks that has made $167 million domestically. He is repped by WME.

McCarthy is repped by CAA.

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