Leave a Comment

Speculation on why Bridesmaids star Kristen Wiig refuses to return for a proposed sequel has been a hot topic the past couple of weeks, largely because the SNL comedienne has been pretty tight-lipped on the matter. But now insiders are talking to Vulture, insisting that early reports that Wiig felt shafted by Universal's "insulting" $100,000 bonuses following Bridesmaids record-breaking international success were false. The insider asserts that Wiig was "fine without the bonus," and her real concern about Bridesmaids 2 is that is could pigeonhole the rising star, making her yet another SNL alum that failed to make the leap to movie stardom.

This may explain why, unlike her former castmate and MacGruber co-star Will Forte, Wiig hasn't opted to leave Saturday Night Live just yet. Instead, she has chosen not to ask for time off to pursue new movie roles, waiting for the show to wrap for the summer, to work on The Comedian, which is described as "a romantic comic drama" that stars heavy hitter Robert DeNiro as a soured stand-up comedian. Wiig will co-star as a fiery redhead who meets DeNiro's cranky comic after he's earned community service for decking a heckler. The dramedy directed by Sean Penn is set to shoot this July.

The Comedian's producer and co-writer Art Linson has his own thoughts on why Wiig is steering clear of a Bridesmaids sequel, saying:
“I doubt that it’s a business decision for her. She can write, she can act; she doesn’t just ‘do funny,’ so I’d think it’s more likely that her thinking is, ‘I want to play with all these toys until the battery runs out.’”

Whether she doesn't want to repeat herself because it bores her or because she fears the SNL curse, it seems a smart move to avoid Bridesmaids 2. Few romantic-comedies—no matter how successful—result in sequels, and one notable exception is Sex and the City 2, which was wildly reviled by critics and failed to earn even its production cost back domestically. However, the film marketing strategy that Universal most closely followed was that of The Hangover, attempting to paint Bridesmaids as a lady-version of the crude, bachelor party comedy. And while The Hangover: Part II was largely loathed by critics and audiences alike, it still made more than $580 million worldwide. Meaning, Universal may not let this lie. After all, we're talking about the company that is moving on with the Bourne movies without Matt Damon, and made a string of straight-to-DVD American Pie sequels with only Eugene Levy of the original cast returning. This could mean a pale imitation of the original may still ooze into existence after all.