A Bridget Jones sequel is in the works and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is in talks to direct. London’s Daily Mail reports that negotations are far from final, but Paul Feig has expressed interest in the project and Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding has drafted a sequel script.
Bridget Jone 3 would find everyone’s favorite London singleton becoming a mommy. But, which of the men in her life would make a better dad: Hugh Grant‘s loutish Daniel Cleaver or Colin Firth‘s stuffy but good hearted Mark Darcy? The most recent Bridget adventure, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, (Spoiler Alert) ended with Bridget and Mark embracing a happily ever after.
While never a blockbuster in the U.S., the Bridget Jones series has done boffo box office in international markets, over 210 million dollars each, explaining why another Bridget Jones sequel is being considered. The original Bridget Jones made just over 70 million dollars in the U.S. while the sequel, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason was a relative bomb at just over 40 million at the U.S. box office. Producers no doubt hope that Paul Feig‘s Bridesmaids buzz can raise Bridget Jones’s appeal in the U.S.
The main obstacle may be convincing 42 year old star Renee Zellweger to put her Bridget weight on one more time. The Daily News reports that Zellweger has not yet been contacted about a sequel. Zellweger’s co-star, Oscar winner Colin Firth, however, has expressed that he would be willing to sign on if the script is good. No word on Hugh Grant‘s interest in reprising his role.
For now, Paul Feig has yet to book his Bridesmaids follow up. Undoubtedly, a Bridesmaids sequel may be in his future given that film’s blockbuster success but for now, Feig is free and clear, a script is written, and Bridget Jones 3 looks to be on track.