With over $288 million in the till, Universal got a nice return on its $32 million investment in the budget of the comedy Bridesmaids. And it stands to reason that they would want to try that again with a sequel. Some of the film’s stars have been speculating in the press on the possibility of a follow-up, but now Bridesmaids‘ star and co-writer Kristen Wiig has confirmed that she is not interested in doing a sequel.
Catching up with the actress at the Golden Globe awards this weekend, E! asked the SNL cast member about the possibility of a follow up.
We’re not planning on doing one. We had a special time making the first one, but we’re really excited to try something else.
It should be noted that Wiig isn’t referring to herself in the royal “we” here, but rather to both herself and writing partner Annie Mumolo and the currently unnamed project that they are working on.
Wiig has plenty of films in the pipeline at the moment with Friends With Kids, Imogene, and Revenge for Jolly! all scheduled for release in 2012 and The Comedian and Freezing People Is Easy in line for 2013.
And while Universal could certainly go forward with a sequel without Wiig’s involvement, I can’t say I blame her for wanting to continue forward with something new rather than just retreading her recent success. When released, Bridesmaids drew parallels (fairly or unfairly) with The Hangover. And while The Hangover‘s sequel did good box office, it was not as well received by audiences and critics. If Wiig is looking to avoid a similar fate, than more power to her.