Despite the smashing success of 2011’s “Bridesmaids,” it doesn’t look like actress and writer Kristen Wiig is interested in doing a sequel.
“We aren’t working on that,” Wiig, 38, who co-wrote the film with friend Annie Mumolo, revealed to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Annie and I aren’t planning a sequel. We are writing something else,” she added.
The film, which grossed about $288 million worldwide, was a bona fide hit for Universal Studios, garnering both Golden Globe and SAG nominations for some of the ensemble cast.
Rumors have also been brewing that the film will go up for Best Picture at the Oscars, which poses the question: Why is Wiig hesitant to make a sequel?
Sources say a disagreement between the “SNL” actress and Universal may be a defining factor in her decision.
The studio allegedly awarded each of the six main actresses, Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne,Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper, a $100,000 bonus after the movie crushed box office expectations … a sum that pales in comparison to “Bridesmaids” monetary success.
The gesture irked Wiig, and despite a last-ditch effort from studio chief Ron Meyer to get her on board, she refused to sign on for a sequel.
So, is a Wiig-less “Bridesmaids” in the works?
Universal believes so. “We are over the moon with the success of ‘Bridesmaids,’ and if we do a sequel we want to get it right,” the studio said in a statement.
“We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward,” they added.
According to “Bridesmaids” producer Judd Apatow, the mastermind behind hits like “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” it is a definite possibility… but only under the right circumstances.
“The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one,” Apatow said. “We don’t want to do it unless it can be great. I don’t think anyone has had the brain space to think about it yet. Hopefully that can begin this year.”
A source close to the situation told The Hollywood Reporter that Apatow, who declined to comment on whether he would do “Bridesmaids 2” without Wiig, would be hesitant to move forward on a sequel without the original writers.
“I don’t think [Judd] would proceed without Kristen and Annie’s full participation,” the source said.
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