Universal's been quite clear that after the worldwide and record-smashing success of the female-fronted R-rated comedy Bridesmaids, they are determined to pursue a sequel with or without the film's star and co-writer Kristen Wiig . Soon, speculation arose that Universal would center Bridesmaids 2 on breakout star Melissa McCarthy, but once she declared she'd be no part of a Wiig-less spin-off, it seemed the sequel was dead. However, Wiig and McCarthy's blonde and brassy co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey has offered new insight on the would-be sequel's development, telling E! that Wiig is still interested in penning a sequel…eventually.
This sentiment has been echoed by Bridesmaids' producer Judd Apatow, who was rumored to be disinterested in a sequel without Wiig and Mumulo's involvement, but was more ambiguous publicly, stating to THR, "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."
This seems a smart strategy as many fans worry that such a rushed effort would result in a sequel tantamount to The Hangover: Part II, which was widely criticized for sloppily rehashing the original plotline in a new locale with no new laughs. When asked where the Bridesmaids would go in their sequel, McLendon-Covey offered a couple of tantalizing possibilities:
As to the film McLendon-Covey alludes to which Wiig will write and direct, that would be an adaptation of Monica Drake's quirky self-discovery novel Clown Girl, which centers on a young woman--well clown girl—who seeks to stay true to her art but is lured into the money-driven world of corporate clowning. Wiig acquired the rights for the film on her own, and as she did in Bridesmaids, plans to co-write with Mumolo as well as star. It's been ages since I read the novel, but from what I can recall, Wiig's sense of embarrassment-heavy but shame-free humor should serve as an excellent pairing with this bittersweet and funny material.
Until then, Wiig will be featured in Jennifer Westfeldt's New York-set comedy Friends With Kids which is due out March 11th, and will star opposite Glee pretty boy Darren Criss in the dark comedy Imogene.
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