The last couple weeks have been full of chatter about a sequel to Kristen Wiig’s hugely successful starring vehicle Bridesmaids. It all started when Wiig herself (who also co-wrote the film) said that she wasn’t working on a sequel, and instead was moving on to writing something new. That got us all speculating. Just because she’s not doing the sequel now doesn’t mean she never will, we told ourselves. Then there was the reality that needed to be faced that the studio could try to put together a sequel even if Wiig wasn’t involved. As long as they got breakout star Melissa McCarthy back, fans would probably be more than happy to file back into the theaters for some Wiigless fun, wouldn’t they?
But now, after some additional comments Wiig has made on the subject, it’s looking like all the speculation was for naught. McCarthy has gone on record as saying that she would never participate in a sequel that didn’t involve Wiig, so that possibility is out. The only hopes for a sequel then lie in the notion that perhaps Wiig will want to come back to the property after she does something else. But no, that’s not the case. Wiig flat-out told E! at the Golden Globes, “We’re not planning on doing one.”
So, barring Universal panicking and offering to hand Wiig some extreme amount of money that she couldn’t possibly refuse, this one looks to be a dead deal. And I have to say, that doesn’t disappoint me at all. Bridesmaids didn’t seem to me like a concept that would work very well as a sequel. I’d much rather hear what else Wiig and her writing partner Annie Mumolo have to say than sit through a bunch of, “Isn’t it crazy we’re all back together again for another wedding? I hope we don’t poo ourselves,” crap.
But how does the readership feel? Was watching these girls don their ugly dresses one more time something you desperately needed, or are you happy checking out whatever else they come up with instead?