Kristen Wiig: Why I turned down 'Bridesmaids 2'
In summer 2011, Bridesmaids took the box office by storm, and talk immediately turned to a sequel. The studio wanted it and fans wanted it, but the one person who wanted nothing to do with it was writer/star Kristen Wiig.
Fast-forward almost two years, and Wiig stands by that choice.
“It wasn’t a hard decision,” she told Harper’s Bazaar for a profile in the July issue. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”
And Wiig’s director and co-stars respect that choice.
With The Heat — which re-teamed Bridesmaids breakout star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig — now in theaters, the Bridesmaids 2 questions returned in full force. When The Daily Beast asked Feig about the possibility of a sequel, he threw the ball back in Wiig’s court: “Everybody’s kind of doing their own thing. And it all depends on Kristen.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy doesn’t know if she’ll ever get back in a pink taffeta dress, but she’s down to do whatever Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo ask of her. “If Kristen and Annie wrote something, if it was like on the back of a napkin and they wanted me to perform it in the backyard, I would do it,” McCarthy told HitFix earlier this year. “But I’ll let those ladies decide that.”
Well, given The Heat‘s $40 million opening weekend, we’re guessing Feig and McCarthy will hear less about a Bridesmaids sequel and more about the inevitable Heat 2: Turn Up the Heat, arriving in summer 2015.