Universal Wiigs out over Bridesmaids sequel
A Bridesmaids sequel without Kristen Wiig? That's blasphemy! Universal is considering a follow-up to the blockbuster comedy that may or may not feature the actress.
Universal Pictures wants to strike while the iron is hot. After the surprise success of last summer's Bridesmaids, they're gearing up for a sequel. Unfortunately, co-writer and leading lady Kristen Wiig is not.
Wiig told The Hollywood Reporter that she and writing partner Annie Mumolo "aren't planning a sequel." She revealed, "We are writing something else."
Perhaps Universal didn't get the memo? They could be blinded by the first film's $288 million gross. The studio desperately wants to capitalize on its success and its stars.
Why wouldn't Wiig want to do another Bridesmaids? The trade claims that there may be some bad blood between her and the studio. Wiig and her castmates were supposedly underwhelmed by the $100,000 bonuses they received following the film's commercial success.
Despite the actor's reservations, Universal remains positive about a potential sequel. A studio rep said, "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."
Bridesmaids made both Wiig and Melissa McCarthy film stars. They've gone on to earn Golden Globe, SAG and PGA nominations for their performances. And the film itself is a possible Best Picture contender for the Oscars.
Over the past year, Wiig has been keeping busy. Aside from her regular gig on Saturday Night Live, she shot the indie film Imogene and has plans for a drama called The Comedian with Robert De Niro. As for McCarthy, she co-headlines the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly and is attached to the upcoming comedy The ID Theft, opposite Jason Bateman.