When a film makes $288 million internationally and only cost $32 million, studio executives are eager to see a sequel. But, what happens if the person largely responsible for that hit has no interest in reprising her role or even being a part of the second film? Such is the case as Universal has announced plans for a Bridesmaids sequel, and star and co-writer Kristen Wiig has stated that she would rather work on something new.
Bridesmaids is not only one of the best films of 2011, it is earning serious Oscar buzz with its honoring by the Producers Guild, SAG and Golden Globes. So, why wouldn’t Wiig return to the film that made her a superstar?
We guess it has a large part to do with integrity. Bridesmaids, in her mind, was never meant to be more than a one-off picture. With its success, sequel talk started immediately. But, Wiig is currently working with her Bridesmaids writing partner Annie Mumolo (both pictured above) on a completely different project. “Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Whether the rest of the cast, including Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey, will return is a huge question mark as well. Apparently the cast, including Wiig, was hugely disappointed with the $100,000 bonus the studio gave them to mark Bridesmaids' success. Given the fact that it made almost $300 million, we could understand their resentment. But, sometimes, casts earn that big payday by appearing in a successful film’s sequel as the Bridesmaids cast could with Bridesmaids 2.
With no Wiig, will they?
Regardless of the cast, Universal is saying that Bridesmaids 2 is a go and will move forward.
Will you see a Kristen Wiig-less Bridesmaids?