Universal May Move on ‘Bridesmaids 2′ Without Kristen Wiig

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 2nd, 2012 at 9:57 am,

bridesmaids movie gals Universal May Move on Bridesmaids 2 Without Kristen Wiig

After bringing in nearly $300 million worldwide at the box office, a sequel to the raunchy comedy Bridesmaids was a given. Despite the first film’s critical and financial success however, Universal hasn’t been able to move as quickly on the sequel as the studio would like.

The main reason for the slow progress is Kristen Wiig, who apparently isn’t interested in returning for a sequel, despite a potentially lucrative payday attached to the film. Considering that Wiig, along with co-writer Annie Mumolo, was the chief creative force behind the original film, that could be a huge problem… but not necessarily.

According to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter, Universal is actively negotiating with Wiig to come back for a sequel, but is also considering ways to move forward on Bridesmaids 2 without her. In the article, a Universal source says, “We are over the moon with the success of Bridesmaids, and if we do a sequel we want to get it right. We are talking to filmmakers now about concepts, and if the right one emerges, we’ll move forward.

Presumably, if Wiig doesn’t end up returning, the sequel to the film would focus on Melissa McCarthy’s character Megan, whose oversized personality was widely considered to be the best part of the first film anyway. If McCarthy does come back for a sequel, it would bookend her rapid rise to fame nicely. Since becoming a Hollywood A-Lister, McCarthy has been attached to numerous new films, including ID Theft with Jason Bateman, and a host of other comedies.

Bridesmaids didn’t make it onto Screen Rant’s Top 10 favorite  movies of 2011 (though it did earn an honorable mention), but the movie was unquestionably one of the biggest successes of the year. That being said, I’m not certain a sequel is necessarily the best idea. Melissa McCarthy was a lot of fun to watch in a supporting role, but there’s a risk that her schtick would wear thin if she were the main focus. Likewise, without Wiig and Mumolo on board to write the sequel, you have to wonder whether the second film would have the same heart as the first movie.

What do you think of a Bridesmaids 2 without Kristen Wiig? Would a movie focused on Melissa McCarthy’s character work, or would it be too much of a stretch?

Source: THR

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  1. Without Kristen? HELL NO!!!

  2. word is that wigg and her co writer dont want to return due to the fact that they got such a measly piece of the backend of bridesmaids profits which earned something like 288 million and cost the studio 32 or so million and they only got an extra 100k after the film did so well. that would sour anybody about wanting to work with a studio again if you ask me.

  3. Kristen Wiig was Bridesmaids.

    A Bridesmaids II without her would be a Frankenstein Bridesmaids.

  4. This sounds like it will become the next Hangover: Part 2.

  5. Studios who have no sense. It will come out and bomb.

    • Totally agree.

  6. Hey they don’t have to use the same actors from the first movie to make a sequel. Just look at Teen Wolf Too or Jaws 3…wait a minute.

  7. Wife and I agreed…. while it had a few ‘funny’ moments it wasn’t all of that.

    Maybe a new writer and sub par (or better) actress will make it better.

    • I agree, Bridesmaids was vastly over-rated, like Horrible Bosses and Hangover 1 & 2. I don’t get what people are freaking over. These movies are not that good, certainly not warranting a sequel. (outside of a insanely large box office that is.)

      They might as well have an encino man 2.

      • Agree with both of you.

      • The Hangover movies, now they were vastly overrated.

        Good on Kristen Wiig for stickng to her guns.

    • I saw it the first time and thought it was ok, I recently saw it again and thought it was much better and funnier the 2nd time around. It could be because I am a girl whose friends have all recently gotten engaged and it has transformed them into someone I don’t know anymore, but anyways it really it home for me and I related to Kristen’s character. With that being sad, I don’t want a remake especially if it is like what they did with the Hangover 2 where they recreated every scene just in a different location. That was such crap and a let down because I enjoyed the first one.

  8. The studios love to cash in regardless of quality, ie. Hangover 2. People who like the first one will see the second one, but without Kristen, they will be very disappointed. They better pay the lady. I’m not sure how good the sequel will be anyway. Hopefully they will get her onboard and not screw it up. She is very talented and hilarious.

  9. From what I’ve read, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo put a lot of time and effort into writing that script which had some raunchy comedic moments but also had some well-developed characters and a good heartfelt story. This was a rare romantic-comedy that guys didn’t have to be ashamed about watching. I don’t see the studio repeating the success without that writing duo. Honestly, I don’t see them repeating the success with them either, but it has a better shot of doing well with Wiig involved.

  10. I didn’t even really like Bridesmaids that much. It had a few laughs but nothing like I expected.

  11. The only reason I saw Bridesmaids was being of Kristen Wiig! I shant see another if she’s not in it, or writing it!!!

  12. I think i would go see it, i would just wanna know how they write out Kristen Wiig from the movie before i go see it.

    • Now, that was hilarious 😀

      • Truly. The edited down version in the film was too.

        I think this scene captures was is unusual
        about the film — it’s unusually funny.

  13. Well i Still havent seen the movie yet. (I KNOW I KNOW IM GOING TO SEE IT) but i know just like any other movie. When you have a good movie you dont need a sequel I mean take a note from the H2 Wwhich wasnt horrible at all but it wasnt as good as the first so it did suck. and the others in the cast should know better i know 4/6 of the girls are on hit shows. (SNL,Up all night,the office,and mike and molly) Mcarthy just got a Emmy dont F it up.
    and P.S. when the movies main character and co-writer wont do it the project has to die

  14. I too, thought that Bridesmaids was overrated, but Kristin Wigg made the movie, without her what’s the point?

    Plus, the Melissa McCarthy character was annoying, i don’t want to watch 2 plus hours of her.

  15. No Kristen Wiig = straight to DVD:P

  16. Melissa McCarthy was the funnest part of movie i could just watch her parts and be happy no one else in that whole movie even made me laugh.