Hugh Grant Flees From Bridget Jones 3


Hey, remember how they’re making another Bridget Jones movie? No? Neither did I, until this very moment. Some of that might have to do with the fact that the last film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was a sort of poorer cousin to the very good Bridget Jones’s Diary. While author Helen Fielding decided to return to her popular series one more time in the book Mad About the Boy, I think many of us simply forgot about the character. Hollywood, however, has not, and still plans to make a Bridget Jones 3 – but they’re going to have to do it without Hugh Grant.

When asked about reprising his role as Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones 3, Hugh Grant informed Free Radio (via Cinema Blend) that he will not appear in the film. The reason for this appears to be script-related:

I think they’re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book’s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different – well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago.

Grant had been set to appear in the film, but asked for script rewrites awhile ago. Obviously, those rewrites either did not happen, or were not satisfactory.

There’s some speculation concerning the script for Bridget Jones 3, mostly surrounding Colin Firth’s character Mark Darcy. In Mad About the Boy, Fielding (SPOILER ALERT!) kills off her leading man, with much of the book centering around Bridget coping with that loss and trying to find love and happiness once more. Rumors abound that Mark will not meet that fate in the third film. After all, it does seem kind of a cop-out to kill off one of your major love interest in a popular franchise.

We may never know what the future really has in store for Bridget Jones. The sequel has been in development hell for awhile now, with little end in sight. With Grant’s departure, it might be just another nail in the proverbial coffin for Bridget Jones 3. We will keep you updated on events, however, and let you know when we hear anything new.