Bridesmaids Might Get A Sequel– Without Kristen Wiig
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Universal Studios is pushing forward with a sequel to 2011′s critical and commercial smash hit, Bridesmaids; but co-screenwriter and star Kristen Wiig says she and writing partner Annie Mumolo aren’t interested.
“Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel,” Wiig told THR. “We are writing something else.”
Wiig reportedly had a personal sit-down with Universal chief Ron Meyer, who, as we know, actually wants his studio to make good movies. THR suggests that Meyer’s pitch could have included tens of millions of dollars for Wiig, but she still declined.
Of course, this opens the door further for Bridesmaid‘s other breakout star, Melissa McCarthy, to take a larger role in any future franchise.
While Universal is still worrying about getting back McCarthy and director Paul Feig to ensure an attractive (and profitable) product, the biggest hurdle of all might be producer Judd Apatow. Bridesmaids was his biggest commercial success yet, but the blockbuster comedy filmmaker is a notorious perfectionist who has long been hostile to studio interference.
“The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one,” Apatow tells THR in a statement. “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.”
What do you think? Is it possible to come up with a sequel idea “that is as good or better than the first”?