Kristen Wiig: Saying No To Bridesmaids 2 “Wasn’t A Hard Decision”
Audiences have known for a while that Kristen Wiig was lukewarm on the idea of doing a sequel to the 2011 hit Bridesmaids, but a recent interview emphasized just how hopeless the project may be. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, Wiig said it “wasn’t a hard decision” to turn down the undoubtedly lucrative offer from the studio.
“We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”
Director Paul Feig and breakout star Melissa McCarthy have both expressed eagerness to make a sequel. The duo paired up again for The Heat, which came in second at the box office this weekend.
But Wiig, who starred in and co-wrote Bridesmaids (with Annie Mumolo) has never budged on the issue. And even McCarthy acknowledges that it would be a “terrible idea” to make a sequel without Wiig.
Wiig has focused recently on making and distributing her passion project film Girl Most Likely, where she plays a troubled playwright who must move back in with her troubled mother (Annette Bening). But she is also slated to appear in several big budget comedies, like Anchorman 2.
The Anchorman sequel itself comes nine years after the original, which is unusual for successful franchises. By comparison, there have been three Hangover films since 2009.