Melissa McCarthy's latest movie, The Boss, takes a hilarious look at one woman's attempt to get back to the top after serving time for insider trading. The comedy is similar to other movies by the actor in some ways; it features a main character who's big in personality but low in self-awareness, it has an all-star cast in supporting roles, and it has the potential for a lot of belly laughs. But the movie also introduces a unique character (named Michelle Darnell) with a unique story, and it's one that was penned by McCarthy herself. Given the star's dedication to the project (she served as executive producer as well as writing and starring), one has to wonder if there are bigger plans for Michelle Darnell than just this movie. Will The Boss have a sequel, or could it even be the beginning of a franchise?
There hasn't yet been any public discussion about the possibility of a The Boss 2, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. McCarthy's 2015 film Spy is getting a sequel, according to The Guardian, and there have been requests and pleas for a Bridesmaids 2 for a long time. So when McCarthy's movies are well received, the demand for sequels is clearly there.
Additionally, since the star was executive producer on The Boss, her opinions and desires will have a sizable influence on determining whether or not there will be a sequel, should the opportunity for one arise. However, it's worth noting that McCarthy was also executive producer, screenwriter, and star of the 2014 comedy Tammy, which was poorly received and hasn't been rumored to be getting a sequel anytime soon. So McCarthy's personal feelings about a The Boss 2 will only have power to the extent that there is interest for such a sequel in the first place, which will be determined by the film's performance at the box office.
Another thing to take into consideration is the fact that, in order to make a sequel, filmmakers would need to reassemble The Boss' A-list cast— and this may be easier said than done. McCarthy's co-stars include Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell, and Kathy Bates, none of whom are known for having empty schedules. All of these actors already have other projects scheduled for release within the next year (some of which are currently filming), so to get everyone on a shooting schedule for The Boss 2 would require having a conversation about time coordination pretty darn soon. It's not an impossibility, but it is something worth noting as a potential hindrance to creating a The Boss sequel.
If you can't get enough McCarthy, you can pray that The Boss will do well enough in theaters to spark some real interest in a sequel. In the meantime, you can catch the hilarious actor tearing up the screen in 2016 in both The Boss and Ghostbusters.
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