Consider this movie case-in-point: Melissa McCarthy can literally do anything. Her new action comedy, Spy, is one of the most brilliant female-centric comedies around — not to mention just as hilarious as one would think another McCarthy/director Paul Feig collaboration would be. However, now that the movie has been released — and because I'm pretty much 100% sure that when it comes to this movie, we can never have too much of a good thing — I have to ask: will Spy get a sequel?
Luckily, for once, it looks like the answer might just be as simple as the question itself: According to The Guardian, the writer/director Feig (who also directed Bridesmaidsand The Heat, and is set to direct the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters movie) is already writing a sequel to Spy. While the project doesn't have a green light yet (meaning it's not officially in production), I'm pretty sure Feig and McCarthy are becoming the sort of Hollywood titans that get to do whatever they want to do. If they want to do a Spy sequel, then I firmly believe they're going to do everything in their power to do a Spy sequel.
It's not without good reason: The film is a brilliant display of what a great cast, a great director, and great writing can really produce. The movie had a large cast of very entertaining characters, and the ending left a lot of room for further development — mainly in that it set up McCarthy's character up for even more adventures in the spy world. If a second movie happens, it will be interesting to see McCarthy start out with more confidence and wherewithal than she possessed at the beginning of this movie.
It might be a few years before Feig and McCarthy get another movie together for this franchise, though: So far, there's been a two year gap in between each of the three projects they've done together (Bridesmaids was in 2011, The Heat was 2013). McCarthy in particular has a particularly heavy film load in the next couple years, too: She already has four movies scheduled for release in 2016, one of which is the Feig-directed Ghostbusters reboot. I'm thinking they may focus on that project first before making any moves to start work on a Spy sequel. That's perfectly OK, of course — if we have to wait a few years before getting another Spy movie, it'll just raise anticipation that much more.
If there is a sequel, I hope to see more Feig add more of his regular actors in the mix. While there was a fair share of familiar faces in Spy (Rose Byrne, McCarthy, and a fun little cameo from McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone), I would kill for the inclusion of Bridesmaids alumni like Ellie Kemper or Wendi McClendin-Covey. Jason Statham and Jude Law were great (and wonderful to look at for two hours), but I'm sure Feig would agree that you can never have too many funny women in one movie.
If that's not possible, then I definitely want to see Byrne, Allison Janney, and Miranda Hart return. All three have a wonderful and distinct chemistry with McCarthy, and it was these relationships that totally made the movie for me. Rose Byrne's villain Rayna, in particular, was a sleek and stylish contrast to McCarthy's unpolished demeanor — and a sequel without her ridiculous hair and cruel insults wouldn't be as fun.
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