Thursday, 5 January 2012

Bridesmaids 2: Coming Soon, Sans Kristen Wiig?

Bridesmaids was one of the funniest films of 2011, and is earning serious Producers Guild, SAG, Golden Globe and even Oscar buzz. It was also immensely profitable.

Earning nearly $300 million on a budget just north of $30 million, Bridesmaids is obviously spawning sequel rumors, a la The Hangover. Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Not necessarily. Universal pictures has indicated its desire for a Bridesmaids sequel, but star and co-writer Kristen Wiig is said to be lukewarm to the idea.

Wiig and writing partner Annie Mumolo say they have little interest. “Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

The film clearly wasn't intended to be a franchise, and she's made no secret of wanting to pursue other projects. Could there even be a Bridesmaids 2 without Wiig?

It's certainly possible, but whether the rest of the cast - Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper - would return is a huge question mark as well.

The cast was reportedly disappointed with the modest bonuses they earned after Bridesmaids' success. Of course, doing a sequel could net them all a huge raise.


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