'Bridesmaids' sequel without Kristen Wiig?
With $288 million in global gross, and the best Oscar buzz for a mainstream studio comedy in decades, the prospect of a sequel to Bridesmaids seems as obvious as not eating at a sketchy restaurant before a bridal fitting. Both Kristen Wiig — who also co-wrote the screenplay with Annie Mumolo — and Melissa McCarthy have become breakout stars, and the studio behind the film, Universal, is certainly hungry for a lucrative comedy franchise to compliment its aging Bourne and Fast and Furious films.
But according to a Hollywood Reporter story, Wiig has made it clear she and Mumolo are not planning on writing a sequel. (Wiig’s rep was not yet available for comment to EW.) A Universal rep, meanwhile, tells EW that the studio would very much like to reassemble the entire Bridesmaids team — including Wiig, McCarthy, and director Paul Feig — but if that is not possible, the studio would be talking with producer Judd Apatow about other possible concepts for a Bridesmaids sequel.
When reached for comment, Apatow’s rep sent EW this statement: “Coming from TV, I always want to see the sequel. I wish there were eighty Superbads. The key is we have to come up with an idea that is as good or better than the first one. 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.”
When EW asked Wiig last fall about the possibility of a sequel, she did float one possible scenario. “In one of the outtakes,” she said, “Megan, Melissa [McCarthy]’s character, wanted us to go on the Nevada Project. It’s kind of this horrible outdoor survival thing, and she improvised all these horrible things that would happen to you on this trip. [Laughs] Like you’re blindfolded and left outside for days and days, and it’s supposed to be this bonding experience. So we always joked around that we would all go on the Nevada Project and have to, like, rescue each other. Either that or we’d be on a submarine underwater. We’re just headed for a big reef, and all six of us are trying to maneuver the submarine. That’s a terrible idea. That won’t happen. That’s not even funny.” (Click here for sequel pitches from co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper.)
Before the film’s release last May, meanwhile, Feig also expressed hope for a sequel to EW. “It would be very tempting,” he said. “We’d just have to come up with a great idea that just didn’t feel like we were rehashing, which is you’re always in the danger area when you get to a sequel.”