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Break out the bunny ears and granny panties. Rumors that Renee Zellweger would turn the pages on third Bridget Jones’ Diary are coming to fruition, with EW confirming that Working Title Films was moving ahead on the sequel it had been batting around since 2009.
The concern, in certain circles, was reuniting the original cast, some of whom (Zellweger, Colin Firth) had gone on to become Oscar winners since the last time they breathed life into author Helen Fielding’s colorful characters. But Firth, who spoke to EW while on the King’s Speech publicity trail dropped hints at a story line that could involve pregnancy problems between Bridget and Mark Darcy, sending the frumpy spinster back into the open arms of Hugh Grant’s slimy Daniel Cleaver.
Then there was the issue of Fielding not having written a third Jones book yet. Reportedly she was working on one earlier this year, though at the time she told the media the book and a potential third movie could be totally disconnected.
I know, I know. Why on earth would anyone do another Bridget Jones film? Yes, the first two made money ($281.9 million and $262.5 million, respectively, in international ticket sales). And both Grant and Zellweger could use another hit. But Firth is coming off of an Oscar win for his humble turn in Tom Hopper’s The King’s Speech, and should be able to pick and choose his projects. If, in fact, he has chosen to return to the Diary series, we’re going to assume that says a lot about the strength of the material, then sit back and wait for Firth to prove us right.