Bridesmaids director Paul Feig has begun work on new movie, Susan Cooper.

The 50-year-old filmmaker is hoping to launch a female spy franchise at 20th Century Fox, according to The Wrap.

The comedy is believed to be inspired by the more serious elements of James Bond, as opposed to a spoof spy movie like Johnny English.

Feig is currently on the hunt for a lead female to play the part of Susan Cooper.

His next project, The Heat, starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, is set for release on July 31.