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I gotta admit, I liked “Bridesmaids” way more than I thought I would (or should, ahem). But then again, I’ve always found the film’s writer/star Kristen Wiig to be oddly appealing, in an oddball, kinda funky sort of way. But a “Bridesmaids” sequel without Wiig? That’s a possibility.
Universal is hot to do a sequel to “Bridesmaids”, and you can’t really blame them. The small-budgeted ensemble comedy (made for a cheap $32 million) grossed over $288 million worldwide. Not bad for a raunchy comedy starring a bunch of women who, normally, could never open a movie by themselves. The film essentially made stars out of Wiig, who also co-wrote the script with Annie Mumolo, and Melissa McCarthy, who has already been on an upswing with her hit TV show “Mike and Molly”.
So why won’t Wiig be back? Lots of reasons, as it turns out. There was that cheap ass $100,000 bonus Universal gave Wiig and the cast as a “thanks” for the film’s success that apparently pissed Wiig off something major. Wiig is also already neck-deep in other projects (three at last count), including one that she plans to direct herself, so there’s that, too. When the studio chief takes you out to dinner and dangles a 8-figure payday for you to come back and you still say No? Let’s face it, you really don’t want to come back.
So what’s Universal going to do? Probably do a sequel anyway with Melissa McCarthy as the main star. That seems to be the going thought if Wiig continues to say No.
Of course, this is Universal, and it wouldn’t be the first time they moved on sequels without the original stars back. They did it with the “Fast and Furious” franchise (remember the Paul Walker/Vin Diesel-less “Tokyo Drift”?) and they’re doing it with Matt Damon-less “Bourne Legacy”.
Meanwhile, thinks are looking much rosier on the sequel prospects of “Horrible Bosses”, where screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have signed on the dotted line to pen a sequel, with original stars Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis all expected back. With healthy pay raises, one presumes.
The film’s original director Seth Gordon is also being pursued to return, but that’s not a done deal yet.
Like “Bridesmaids”, “Horrible Bosses” was made on the cheap ($35 million) and turned in a $209 million worldwide box office.