Universal Considers Bridesmaids Sequel without Kristen Wiig

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
By Rick Duran
The Girls of Summer: Bridemaids

Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Ellie Kemper in 'Bridesmaids'

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Universal Pictures is currently mulling over options to produce a sequel to Bridesmaids without Kristen Wiig, whom along with co-writer Annie Mumolo, has opted not to return. The article also addresses that certain castmembers (without explicitly implying who) were unhappy with the $100,000 bonus paid after the film’s box office success, though its not clear if that is contributing to the sequel’s troubles.

Universal chief Ron Meyer reportedly met with Wiig in hopes of changing her mind, with no success. Producer Judd Apatow released a statement saying:

“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.”

The Hollywood Reporter says a close source indicates that Apatow wouldn’t move forward without the full participation of Wiig and Mumolo in some manner. It’s worth noting that Jason Segel contributed songwriting to Get Him to the Greek, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spinoff that moved forward based on characters he created.

5 Responses to “Universal Considers Bridesmaids Sequel without Kristen Wiig”

  1. Kevin Crossman

    One would assume the sequel would focus on Melissa McCarthy’s character, yet if anyone would be the one griping about the $100,000 bonus it surely must be her (let’s not pretend that there are any cast members that matter except for Wiig and McCarthy).

    If I was McCarthy and knew Wiig wasn’t up for a sequel I’d be holding out for more money too.

    As much as I admired but didn’t love Bridesmaids, it seems like a bad deal to move forward without some participation by Wiig (and the Greek analogy seems quite apt). Interesting that Apatow didn’t say he wouldn’t move forward without Wiig’s involvement.

  2. Rick

    I doubt the new McCarthy-Jon Hamm comedy would end up being a spin-off, but putting those two characters together would be pretty funny

  3. Mario

    Maybe it’s also worth noting that Greek was actually written and directed by Stoller, co-writer and director of Marshall? Plus, I don’t think Universal would want to use Greek as a template, as that movie, if not bombed, probably barely recouped costs.

    I think it would be a mistake to base a sequel around McCarthy, without involvement from Wiig or Mumolo. You know what you get if you rip out the most popular character out of its context? You get Joey. Also, they usually forget to perform a heart transplant during these procedures… And if Bridesmaids and Marshall (and Friends) had anything supporting the laughs, it was heart. Who’s up for another Hangover sequel starring just Zach or maybe Ken Jeung and a monkey?

  4. Chris

    You need Wiig for Bridesmaids 2 to work.

  5. Kevin Crossman

    I really loved Get Him to the Greek. At least it was a different kind of movie using a character from a previous movie. Unlike the remake in Asian clothing that was Hangover 2.

    As much as I didn’t love Bridesmaids I don’t think you can do a whole movie with McCarthy’s character.


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