When The Heat was released as Paul Feig’s follow up to the Oscar nominated Bridesmaids, we weren’t really expecting the magic to continue but that’s exactly what happened. The film made waves at the box office and more importantly won over critics everywhere thanks to Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy’s teaming up.
But when those same fans that asked for a sequel to The Heat, they meant a sequel with Bullock and McCarthy. Instead, Deadline is reporting that while a sequel to the film is being filmed, it’s more a of a spinoff and less of a continuation of the story we saw in the original.
And by less of a sequel we mean less Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy — as in no Sandra Bullock or Melissa McCarthy. The spinoff film will instead follow the family of McCarthy’s character in the film, specifically her two trashy sisters.
How well this sort of a spinoff will work is up in the air, as the main appeal of The Heat was the partnership between Bullock and McCarthy but there was some comedy to be had with McCarthy’s extended family. However, her brothers made far better supporting characters and you’d think they would be in the running for their own spinoff, that is if one indeed has to happen.
But Feig is standing firmly behind the two actresses, as he’s been working with Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin for years and has fully endorsed them for the spinoff film.
“Jamie and Jessica are two of the funniest people on this planet,” Feig said, via Deadline. “They took small roles in The Heatand turned them into characters worthy of their own movie. I can’t wait to unleash Beth and Gina on the world. Run for your lives.”
There is no exact date set for production or a release date but it sounds like a sequel to The Heat is in active development, it’s just not the one we thought we’d be getting.