It has been more than a decade since the release of Nia Vardalos’s comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, a film that earned her an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, and resulted in an ill-fated television show and some equally ill-fated copycat films. It seems that the actress is now planning a comeback, of sorts, in the form of a sequel to her successful film.
Vardalos will reprise her role as first-generation Greek woman Toula, who fell in love with decidedly non-Greek Ian (John Corbett, also returning). The sequel will feature the reveal of a family secret and yet another big fat wedding to bring the Greek clan together again. Presumably, this will take place ten years after the event of the original film. Vardalos penned the script for the sequel, and also plans to executive produce alongside original producers Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Gary Goetzman. Given the great success of the original film, there’s a high likelihood that this one will do well at the box office.
Speaking about the potentialities for the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Vardalos had this to say:
Now that I’m experiencing motherhood, I’m ready to write the next chapter of my family story. Of course a few jaded folks in the press corps will claim I ran out of money or just want to kiss John Corbett again. One of these things is true.
Vardalos has been more successful with her non-cinematic outings in the past few years than with either the folded television spin-off My Big Fat Greek Life or films like My Life In Ruins and I Hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a shame, too, as she’s an entertaining screen presence and an excellent comedienne. Perhaps the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding will be something of an improvement. She’s currently in the middle of a book tour for bestseller Instant Mom.
At the end of the day, is anyone really clamoring for a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding? No, but that’s never stopped Hollywood before. At least this one has the potential to be more entertaining than just a cash grab, if Vardalos’s script can capture the magic for a second time.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter