Given the phenomenal box office success last year of “Bridesmaids” — which earned more than $288 million worldwide and was made for $32.5 million — it’s no suprise that there is talk of a sequel.
What is surprising is that Kristen Wiig — the comedy’s co-writer and star Bridesmaid — might not be involved in it.
A story in The Hollywood Reporter today says that the “Saturday Night Live” star says she is not involved in the sequel that Universal, the studio behind the first “Bridesmaids,” hopes to launch.
“We aren’t working on that,” Wiig tells THR, referring to her writing partner, Annie Mumolo. “Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else.”
The article suggests that some of Wiig’s reticence may be related to money, and goes to note that some of the six principal “Bridesmaids” stars may hav been unhappy with the $100,000 bonus (apparently modest by Hollywood standards) each received in light of the movie’s success. Wiig would not comment on that.
Of course, it’s also possible that she and Mumolo may feel the story they wanted to tell in “Bridesmaids” wrapped up nicely enough in the first one. After all, Wiig’s Annie pretty much stopped acting like a mental patient, made up with Rose Byrne’s Helen and found love with that nice Irish cop. Honestly, the only thing one might still wonder about after the credits roll is what happened with Melissa McCarthy’s Megan and the air marshal. Oh, and also whether Megan still has all those puppies.
Apparently, Universal is on the same wavelength. While the studio may move on sans Wiig, THR says the suits definitely want McCarthy on board for “Bridesmaids 2: Electric Bridal Shop Barfaloo.” (That’s just a suggested title, by the way. But it does have a certain ring, doesn’t it?)
In kinda-sorta-related news, THR also reports today that “Horrible Bosses 2” is a go, with the same writers, director and stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day all signed up for the sequel.
Coincidence, or does this similarly timed development tell us something about how much easier it is for men to make deals in Hollywood? Probably just coincidence. Either way, if the “Horrible Bosses 2” team wants to use any of the sequel plot suggestions that I — a woman who has served as a bridesmaid on several occasions — offered to them last year, I am sure they know where to find me.
But back to “Bridesmaids Part Deux: The Even More French Bridal Shower” (again, working title) — how do you feel about a sequel without Wiig? Would you see that? Or is the notion of a second “Bridesmaids” totally absurd regardless? Weigh in by posting a comment.