Kunis and McKinnon Spy Comedy Gets 2018 Date

It’s a long-standing belief (by some men) that women aren’t funny, despite ample evidence to the contrary throughout history. Recently we’ve been enjoying a veritable tidal wave of female-centric comedies that have simply raked in the dough. Next year we will be add another notch to the belt with Mila Kunis (fresh off a resurgence in Bad Moms) and Kate McKinnon (SNL and last year’s Ghostbusters reboot) in The Spy Who Dumped Me.

McKinnon and Kunis from two of the female-centric comedies from last year

According to Deadline, Lionsgate came out on top of the bidding war for the script co-written by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson. Kunis will play Audrey who finds out that her ex-boyfriend was a spy when he turns up at her apartment with a team of assassins on his trail. When he is killed, she and her best friend Morgan, played by McKinnon, take possession of a thumb drive he was carrying with top secret information and go undercover to complete his mission.

Susanna Fogel behind the scenes

Filming is expected to begin this summer. Fogel will also serve as director and Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will be producing. They have scheduled the film for a July 16, 2018 release. If that date holds that will place it in direct contention with Marvel‘s Ant-Man and the Wasp, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, and the as-yet-untitled fourth installment of the Purge franchise.

According to CNN.com, 2016 was a banner year in Hollywood for women, with lead film roles up from 2015, which was also a huge year. Hopefully the trend will continue with the comedies Snatched starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, Girls Trip with Jada Pickett-Smith and Queen Latifah, Pitch Perfect 3 bringing back Anna Kendrick, as well as Kunis’ Bad Mom’s Christmas and McKinnon’s Rough Night, and those are just for this year. Joining the fray in the coming year or so, we have Oceans Eight, A Wrinkle in Time, Nasty Women (a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Kill Bill 3. Oh, and some little flick hitting screens soon that you might have heard of called Wonder Woman. Which only proves that not only can women be funny, we can kick a little ass too.

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