With all the word-of-mouth buzz and award consideration the ladies and gents of “Bridesmaids” have received, it makes sense that there would be talk of a sequel to the $100 million-grossing, bona fide box-office hit. What comes as a surprise, however, is the fact that Universal might consider moving forward with a second movie without its star and co-writer Kristen Wiig.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wiig will neither co-write another “Bridesmaids” nor return to her role as Annie Walker. Wiig hinted that she and co-writer Annie Mumolo have other plans.
“We aren’t working on that,” Wiig told the Reporter. “Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else.”
When MTV News contacted Universal for comment, they said they would ideally like to have the entire cast back for #2. But if an idea for a good sequel arises, Universal may move forward, Wiig or no Wiig.
“We are over the moon with the success of ‘Bridesmaids,’ and if we do a sequel we want to get it right,” a Universal rep told the Reporter. “We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.”
Producer Judd Apatow also seems up for moving forward with a sequel, but did not comment on whether he would do so without Wiig and Mumolo’s involvement.
“The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one,” Apatow said in a statement to the Reporter. “We don’t want to do it unless it can be great. I don’t think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year.”
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