Melissa McCarthy to star and sing in holiday family musical Margie Claus

I hope you've been a good little boy or girl this year, otherwise comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy may very well leave a lump of coal in your stocking. That's right, the ghost busting bridesmaid and Sean Spicer's worst nightmare, McCarthy, is teaming up with her husband Ben Falcone to create a holiday family musical for New Line called MARGIE CLAUS.

In what we've learned so far, the project, which is being co-written by Damon Jones (the co-creator of USA's BENCHED), is described as a broad holiday family musical that New Line hopes will be in the same spirit (and have the same success) as another company Christmas movie, ELF. Aww, I can see you making a face as you read this. As Buddy the Elf would say, don't be a cotton headed ninny muggins about it. This could very well turn out to be a holly jolly good time! Consider this, not only will McCarthy star in the film, she'll be belting out some holiday-inspired tunes as well. McCarthy and Falcone will produce via their On the Day production banner, with Falcone and Jones penning the script. Additionally, Falcone will direct the feature as well.

The story of MARGIE CLAUS is set into motion when Santa Claus goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve. His sweet wife Margie Claus must then put together an unlikely rescue team and set off from the North Pole for the first time in decades to rescue Santa and save Christmas. This will be McCarthy and Falcone's third collaborative effort after churning out the 2004 comedy TAMMY and the forthcoming LIFE OF THE PARTY, which is set for a May 11, 2018 release.

So what do you think? Personally, I'd be interested to see just how family-oriented this film turns out to be, as McCarthy is notoriously known for her raunchy sense of humor and foul language-laden zingers. I honestly don't know if I can picture her singing and dancing her way through the North Pole and into the night sky in search of Santa Claus, but then again, stranger films have happened. Here's hoping that MARGIE CLAUS comes together with shiny wrapping paper and a big red bow rather than a smashed box with broken toys inside. 

Extra Tidbit: Years ago, while my friend Mish was working at Blockbuster Video, ELF got stuck in their DVD player for months. She's seen that film upward of several hundred times. If you even mention it to her, she'll cut off your head. I'm not kidding, you should see the graveyard behind her house that's filled with cotton headed ninny muggins.



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