Deadline reported the news on Wednesday.
Emma Thompson wrote the script with Bryony Kimmings, the plot of which is being kept quiet. It is reportedly a romantic comedy set in London. At Christmas.
Thompson is a two time Academy Award winner, with two additional nominations. She won an Oscar for her leading role in “Howards End” in 1992. The following year, she was nominated for “In the Name of the Father,” in the supporting category and for “The Remains of the Day,” as a lead. Two years later, she was nominated for her leading role in “Sense and Sensibility,” and won the prize for writing the adapted screenplay.
Thompson is most widely known as an actress, but she has also written several scripts. She has also worked as a “script doctor,” improving scripts, adding dialogue, etc. She wrote the screenplays for “Nanny McPhee” and “Nanny McPhee Returns,” as well as “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”
Kimmings is a writer and artist from London, whose previous work has mostly been in theater.
Paul Feig has directed a string of hit comedies over the recent years. After gaining notice with TV work on “Arrested Development,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “The Office,” he started moving more into feature films. His first major hit was “Bridesmaids” in 2011. He followed that up with “The Heat” and “Spy,” before adapting the gender-swapped “Ghostbusters” in 2016. Some fans complained about that film two summers ago, but it has proven to be ahead of its time as new viewers are coming around to its subversive brilliance.
Feig recently wrapped production on a mystery/thriller, “A Simple Favor,” which stars Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. That film will be in theaters in September.
There is no word on possible casting yet for “Last Christmas,” or when production will begin. The project has been picked up by Universal, however, so more news will likely come very soon.