Melissa McCarthy to Star in Action Comedy ‘Super-Intelligence’


The popular success of A Quiet Place has drawn renewed attention to real-life couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. They starred as a loving couple struggling to keep their family alive; Krasinski also cowrote and directed the horror thriller. Can they replicate that success by collaborating on future projects together?

Time will tell, but over the past few years, another real-life couple has found repeated success by working together. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have been married since 2005; they’ve both appeared in the same films for years, though it wasn’t until 2014 that they debuted as a filmmaking couple with the comedy Tammy (pictured above). Reportedly budgeted at $20 million, it earned $100 million worldwide.

They followed up that success with The Boss. The comedy earned somewhat less at the box office ($78 million) with a slightly higher budget ($29 million).

McCarthy and Falcone have also completed Life of the Party, in which she stars as a woman who decides to attend college with her daughter. The comedy is due out on May 11.

Now they will team up again on action comedy Super-Intelligence, according to The Hollywood Reporter. McCarthy will star as a “former corporate executive … who is selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligence … that may or may not take over the world.” Falcone will direct. Steve Mallory (The Boss) wrote the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in June.

McCarthy and Falcone have been tweaking the comic formula for their films together, drawing from McCarthy’s established persona as a brash, yet empathetic on-screen character. We’ll be interested to see how Life of the Party and Super-Intelligence develop those themes in new and unique ways.