Both a critical and commercial success with a worldwide gross of $288 million (from just a $32 million budget), “Bridesmaids” has been one of the big hits of the year so it’s no shock that Universal intends to move forward with a sequel says The Hollywood Reporter.
There’s a catch though, the film’s leading lady Kristen Wiig does not want to do a sequel, nor does her Annie Mumolo – her co-writer of the film’s script. “We aren’t working on that. Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else” says Wiig.
One source for the trade says the cast may have been offended by their $100,000 bonuses – fairly low considering the overwhelming success of the movie.
There’s already talk that the studio is pushing ahead without Wiig, instead putting Melissa McCarthy’s scene-stealing character front and center.
“We are over the moon with the success of Bridesmaids, and if we do a sequel we want to get it right. We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward” says a Universal rep.
Producer Judd Apatow says “The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. 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.”