Ghostbusters Director Was Heartbroken After Sandra Bullock Wanted To Make a “Silent Film” With Co-star

Sandra Bullock would not return for another The Heat movie because she has a "no sequel" rule.

Ghostbusters Director Was Heartbroken After Sandra Bullock Wanted To Make a “Silent Film” With Co-star

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  • Sandra Bullock admitted she did not want to return for The Heat sequel.
  • Paul Feig felt disappointed with Bullock not reprising her role.
  • The actress talked about her on-screen chemistry with Melissa McCarthy.
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Sandra Bullock notably made a vow to never do any sequels after two of her past projects failed tremendously, both commercial and critical-wise. In 2013, she and Melissa McCarthy starred in the buddy cop comedy film The Heat. When asked if she would return for a sequel, she immediately said no.

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Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock in The Heat

Sequels are always a tricky part of a franchise. Either they surpass the original film, or they fail to capture the essence that made the first installment remarkable. Bullock’s past sequels must have been terribly bad to the point that she was too traumatized to make any sequels.

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Sandra Bullock Wants To Make A Silent Movie With Melissa McCarthy

During the premiere of her 2013 film Gravity, actress Sandra Bullock told TheWrap that she will no longer reprise her role in The Heat with Melissa McCarthy. She stated:

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I’m not doing a sequel to The Heat. I’ve done two sequels. They were horrible. What Melissa [McCarthy] and I had was beautiful. We might do another film together. I think we should do a silent film together.”

It sounds like Bullock was talking about Speed 2: Cruise Control and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous as the sequels that tarnished her flawless portfolio. Both movies were heavily slammed by fans and critics. Meanwhile, director Paul Feig felt disappointed to hear that his favorite leading lady was no longer interested in a follow-up movie. He said:

It would be very hard. They’re so great together. Their chemistry is so awesome. I would be very sad if I didn’t have both of them back.”

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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

Interestingly, the actress is now at the stage of her career where she begins to reconsider her choices. She told Variety at the SXSW Film Festival:

I had a ‘no sequel’ rule when I didn’t have the benefit of fighting for what I really wanted. I feel like, in my old age, I’m learning to fight for the things that I think would be best on screen — and I don’t care who comes away from the meeting angry.”

The Heat was a success, earning over $229 million worldwide with lots of positive reviews from fans. Feig deduced that the movie was able to capture the audience’s interest because it was summer and they wanted to see “strong women being funny.”

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Sandra Bullock Talks About Working With Melissa McCarthy

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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

Sandra Bullock explained why her chemistry with Melissa McCarthy worked so well on the big screen. She told Collider:

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I would say it’s the rare happening when actors get together and you have chemistry, connection, just something that works, that’s bigger than what’s on the page.  And I think that we luckily had it, on an acting level and a comedic level. Her style and my style are very different, but they always met in the middle and were absolutely appropriate for what was needed to happen on screen.”

Even though the pair aren’t making movies, they love working together and organizing family gatherings with their children. Hopefully, the silent film starring Bullock and McCarthy will happen soon.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

Ariane Cruz, Senior Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.