A spin-off to Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's cop-buddy comedy "The Heat" is in the works. Director Kevin Feig opens up that the project will center on Beth and Gina played by Jamie Denbo and Jessica Chaffin respectively in the original movie.
"Jamie and Jessica are two of the funniest people on this planet," Feig says as quoted by Deadline. "They took small roles in 'The Heat' and 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."
Beth and Gina are part of the raucous extended family of McCarthy's Shannon Mullins character. They memorably grilled Bullock's uptight Sarah Ashburn character when she dropped by the Mullins family home for an unannounced visit. The spin-off will be penned by Tricia McAlpin.
Feig has previously worked with Denbo and Chaffin, directing their pilot "Ronna & Beverly" for Showtime. He then produced a six-episode talk show for their characters at Sky Atlantic when the comedy didn't get picked up by the premium cable network.
Released this summer, "The Heat" made on a budget of $43 million has grossed an estimated $230 million worldwide. A sequel was initially planned, but Bullock was reluctant to return. "I'm not doing a sequel to 'The Heat'," she said. "I've done two sequels. They were horrible," referring to "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous".