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Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy to steal Jason Bateman's identity in ID Theft

08.16.2011
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I think we can all agree that Jason Bateman is a really funny guy. He was rightly thrust back into the spotlight with "Arrested Development" and has been headlining all number of comedies since then. So how come none of them have been very funny? There have been a few films that have been amusing like this summer's HORRIBLE BOSSES but mostly he's been stuck in films like THE CHANGE-UP, THE SWITCH, PAUL and COUPLES RETREAT that waste his considerable talent. But now Bateman is looking to start producing his own films and has brought on a surprising co-star for his next film.

Bateman is producing the comedy ID THEFT and is set to star in the film about an innocent guy who gets his life co-opted by a crazy guy. Except Bateman has decided to rewrite the script for BRIDESMAIDS star Melissa McCarthy. Instead of being stalked by a crazy guy, McCarthy will instead star as a crazy woman who has been slowly stealing Bateman's identity.

Steve Conrad, known more for his dramas like THE WEATHER MAN than his comedies, wrote the script with Craig Mazan, known more for his comedies like THE HANGOVER, PART II. No director is attached yet but McCarthy is set to make it her first film after finishing the upcoming season of "Mike & Molly" on CBS (how quickly can we break her out of that contract?). It's unclear what this means for some of the other projects McCarthy is developing including the romantic comedy she was prepping with Jon Hamm and another Stanley Cup heist film with Judd Apatow and Paul Feig.

Source: Deadline

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1:36AM on 08/17/2011
I like her! she'll make for a good Host on SNL come Oct. 1st.
I like her! she'll make for a good Host on SNL come Oct. 1st.
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10:36PM on 08/16/2011

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Was awesome! So was Horrible Bosses, you're comedic choices are somewhat concerning...I hope this is good, 2 great people involved!
Was awesome! So was Horrible Bosses, you're comedic choices are somewhat concerning...I hope this is good, 2 great people involved!
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7:48PM on 08/16/2011
I thought "Horrible Bosses" was a bit more than just "amusing."
I thought "Horrible Bosses" was a bit more than just "amusing."
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6:03PM on 08/16/2011
Shoot me dead but I actually quite liked The Switch. I thought it was a well made, funny flick in which Bateman and Aniston made an entertaining duo.
Plus I'm a sucker for Jennifer Aniston (and because of that I'm gonna regret the "Shoot me dead" remark.
Shoot me dead but I actually quite liked The Switch. I thought it was a well made, funny flick in which Bateman and Aniston made an entertaining duo.
Plus I'm a sucker for Jennifer Aniston (and because of that I'm gonna regret the "Shoot me dead" remark.
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1:54PM on 08/16/2011
Great news. I can see them having great comedic chemistry.

Can't wait to see 'Bridesmades' again.
Great news. I can see them having great comedic chemistry.

Can't wait to see 'Bridesmades' again.
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12:18PM on 08/16/2011
Wonderful news! She was by far the funniest person in Bridesmaids. It's good to see her have more good work lined up. With Jason Bateman no less.
Wonderful news! She was by far the funniest person in Bridesmaids. It's good to see her have more good work lined up. With Jason Bateman no less.
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12:18PM on 08/16/2011
This sounds funny as hell. Given that McCarthy was the best thing about "Bridesmaids", this is good news.

Also, isn't "The Weather Man" a comedy? I consider it one, as does my work (Movie Stop).
This sounds funny as hell. Given that McCarthy was the best thing about "Bridesmaids", this is good news.

Also, isn't "The Weather Man" a comedy? I consider it one, as does my work (Movie Stop).
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